Saline High School To Go For Hybrid For A Week

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Saline High Schools will be returning to its hybrid learning model for the next week, but will not be cancelling sports. This decision has come with there being yet another surge in Coronavirus cases in Michigan, with Washtenaw County being hit especially hard.

The Washtenaw County Health Department echoed Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recommendations to move high schools to online-learning and to cancel school sports for the next two weeks. She also recommended avoiding indoor gatherings and to eat outdoors or opt for take out when going to restaurants.

“We did have more high school students test positive than in the previous weeks,” Interim Superintendent Steve Laatsch told the Sun Times News, via email. “We do have a choppy upcoming week due to PSAT and SAT testing at Saline High School.”

Saline’s high school athletes will also continue competing. Only one of the 572 athletes tested positive recently, according to Laatsch. That reportedly low case count, as well as the fact that most of the sporting events will be taking place outdoors led Saline Area Schools to conclude it was safe enough to continue.

The district said they will reassess the situation for the following week on Friday.

Michigan has seen almost three quarters of a million confirmed Coronavirus cases to date, according to Lansing, with 16,500 deaths. Washtenaw County is currently bearing yet another surge in cases, which according to the WCHD
has gone from about 240 cases per day at the start of March, to 1,081 cases per day as of April 3, which is the most recent data available.

“There are multiple reasons for the surge in cases,” WCHD Medical Director Juan Luis Marquez said in a press release. “It is likely that the B117 variant is now circulating widely, and many previously restricted activities have resumed. Unfortunately, we’re seeing the results.”

The B117
is a variant of the Coronavirus, first identified in the United Kingdom, is now believed to be the most dominant strain in the United States.

Vaccines are now available to anyone 16 or older, regardless of their health. Washtenaw County has two major vaccination centers available, one in Chelsea and one in Ypsilanti. There is also a mobile vaccination unit, and there are multiple pharmacies that are also doing vaccinations. A list
of which pharmacies are administering vaccinations is available at the WCHD website.

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