COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
All updates and information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis will be posted to this page as needed. We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Macomb County Health Department as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.
Outbreak: The Macomb County Health Division defines an outbreak as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.
Contact Tracing: A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what to do if they develop symptoms of disease.
Close Contact: A person who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with or without a mask. A person with COVID-19 is considered contagious starting 2 days (48 hours) before they started having symptoms. If they are asymptomatic, or never have symptoms, they are considered contagious starting 2 days (48 hours) before their COVID-19 test was performed. People may also be close contacts if they were somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person (sneezed or coughed on).
Quarantine: The practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 10 days), separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Since close contacts are not yet known to be infected, the contacts to those contacts do not need to be in quarantine and do not need to be identified or contacted.
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
As outlined in our Return to School Plan, staff and students must maintain proper social distance (6 feet) at all times and wear masks while in our buildings. Our small group cohort model and ability to maintain 6 feet between people in a classroom was designed to prevent the spread of this illness.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes). Illness begins 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, and abdominal pain.