Friday, October 30, 2020

Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253


CCS is following MDHHS Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253

Below is the exact "cut and paste" text of the MDHHS "order" (highlights added for clarification)

1. The critical terms included in this order are defined as follows:

a. “School” means public and nonpublic schools.

b. “Close Contact” means any individual who was within 6 feet of an COVID-19 infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection).

c. “School Associated Case” means a case of probable or confirmed COVID-19 amongst students, teachers, staff members, coaches, volunteers, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function under circumstances that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during their infectious period.

d. “School Community” means the set of persons who are affiliated with the school. This set may include, but is not limited to, parents, guardians, students, teachers, staff members, coaches, and volunteers.

e. “Public Notice” means providing the new and cumulative counts of School Associated Case(s) of COVID-19, including the date on which the School was notified of the new School Associated Case(s).

2. Upon learning that a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 is a School Associated Case, the local health department must, within 24 hours, notify the School to which the School Associated Case(s) relate, including the affected building or location and other information that may assist the School with carrying out its duties under this order.

3. Within 24 hours of being notified by a local health department of School Associated Case(s), the School must provide Public Notice to the School Community in a highly visible location on the School’s website that covers the impacted building or location. Schools are encouraged to provide information about measures in place at the School to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as measures that individuals can take to prevent transmission.

4. Public Notice does not replace the need for direct notification to persons who were, or are suspected to have been, a Close Contact of School Associated Case(s); such notice is the responsibility of the local health department.

5. Sections 2 and 3 of this order take effect at 8 AM on October 12, 2020.

The flow chart below was provided by Public Health Muskegon County (PHMC) who has proven to be a wonderful resource for CCS. The chart is a simplified snapshot of the thought process behind the recommendations the "local health department" makes to schools when a "school associated case" occurs. [NOTE: Not all cases involving students or staff are "school associated cases" if they do not meet the criteria outlined above. The term "school associated cases" requires feasible "transmission or contraction" within a school-related context as explained in the order.]

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