Governor to schools: Open up about COVID cases

The governor on Friday ordered K-12 schools to inform the public about any COVID-19 infections among students or staff.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an order on Friday that would require the state to inform the public any time there is a COVID-19 infection among staff or students at any public or private K-12 school.

The move comes after pressure from parents and media organizations over what they perceive as inadequate reporting from the state on school outbreaks.

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However, the governor’s order doesn’t specify how quickly data should be made public after an infection is discovered. People have criticized the state’s outbreak reporting system for publicizing data that can be as much as a week old.

According to Bridge Michigan, the governor is considering requiring schools to post notice of outbreaks as soon as they’re confirmed by local health departments.

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