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Wayne County Health Department issued updated health advisory as new school year approaches

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DETROIT, MI – The Wayne County Health Department recently issued an updated Public Health Advisory for all K-12 schools to help protect students and staff during the pandemic.

"With children 12 and younger not yet able to get vaccinated and the increased spread of the highly contagious delta variant, it is critical that everyone does their part to ensure students can safely return to in-person classrooms this fall," said the director of the Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services, Melita Jordan.

"These guidelines provide common-sense advice for school districts to follow that will help protect both students and staff."

The update was done in line with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the universal consistent and proper mask use for students, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Recommended social distancing of at least three (3) feet and proper ventilation strategy will also help to reduce transmission risk. The advisory also recommends vaccination for staff and students 12 years and older.

School mitigation plans should enforce proper symptom monitoring. All staff and students should get tested upon experiencing symptoms and follow self-quarantine guidelines if the result comes out positive.

Meanwhile, the Wayne County Public Health Department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data closely and issue further advice if necessary. Free COVID-19 vaccinations also continue to be available for all residents aged 12 and older at community clinics throughout the county.

Call 1-866-610-3885 to schedule a vaccine appointment or drop by for walk-in vaccinations at select locations. Find out more through this link

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