Genesee County Health Department Says Masks Not Optional in Schools | Coronavirus

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GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) – The Genesee County Department of Health on Tuesday sent a letter to schools in the county regarding the end of its term as a mask in classrooms.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Pamela Hackert used the letter to continue to urge masks in schools. She said masking in schools was not made optional when the warrant was lifted.

“Masking remains essential in schools, especially since the county’s immunization count for children is still low,” Hackert said.

She says schools should mandate the wearing of masks whenever transmission of COVID-19 is “substantial” or “high” in the county. Transmission levels in Genesee County are more than eight times the “high” threshold.

“Masking remains essential in schools, especially since the county’s immunization count for children is still low,” Hackert said in his letter.

Masks are also mandatory in schools serving children under 5 because they are not eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. The federal transit mask mandate, which includes school buses, also remains in effect.

Hackert adds that the department continues to strongly recommend vaccinations as well as masks with additional layers of filtration.

“To counter the emerging variant of Omicron in our community, please continue to use all available tools to protect yourself and others, hiding indoors, respecting social distancing and proper ventilation, as well as frequent testing and following quarantine and isolation guidelines after exposure, ”she says.


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