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    Michigan won’t mandate masks in schools, but hopes local districts do

    Michigan state health officials are not mandating students, staff and visitors wear masks or get vaccinated before the start of the school year, but the Department of Health and Human Services does “strongly recommend” that local districts implement such mandates.

    “Because many students have yet to be vaccinated and students under age 12 are not yet eligible, layered prevention measures — including universal masking — must be put in place for consistent in-person learning to be maintained and to keep kids, staff, and families safe,” reads guidance issued Friday by the department. 

    Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers remain far better than most states in the country. But its case rates, test positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to rise. The department suggested earlier this week that statisitcal modeling predicts a “continued increase in hospitalizations and deaths over the next four to six weeks, maybe longer.” 

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