Local school sees COVID uptick

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 22, 2021

 St. Peter Macomb reported that in the first week of November, 20 students and staff members at the school tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, the Macomb County Health Department determined those cases resulted in 50 quarantines.

St. Peter Macomb reported that in the first week of November, 20 students and staff members at the school tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, the Macomb County Health Department determined those cases resulted in 50 quarantines.

File photo by Alex Szwarc

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It was a week that saw an increase in COVID-19 cases, parents protesting and a message about mask requirements.

St. Peter Macomb School in Macomb Township reported that in the first week of November, 20 students and staff members at the school tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, the Macomb County Health Department determined those cases resulted in 50 quarantines.

From when school began in September through the end of October, the school had reported 29 COVID-19 cases.

On Nov. 8, St. Peter was one of three Macomb County schools on the state’s school-related cluster and outbreak reporting list. The state cites three COVID-19 cases at St. Peter’s. That same day, the school reported that nine students/staff members tested positive.

The school was closed Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. It did not appear on the state’s list the week of Nov. 15.

On Facebook, the school posted a response to a comment that folks should continue to keep St. Peter in their prayers as it continually takes into consideration the varying concerns of parents.

“We hope to continue offering a safe and Christ-centered education for our students,” it states.

Following a school Board of Education meeting the first week of November, a Facebook post indicated that until Jan. 21, measures like daily temperature checks, physical distancing, and a mask requirement for all students, staff and volunteers in the building during school hours would be in place. At press time, the guidelines were tweaked in that masks are now optional.

A group of school parents gathered outside the school on 24 Mile Road the morning of Nov. 8, expressing their concern over the measures.

School officials could not be reached for comment by press time.

 

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