School emergency call still valid

ANN ARBOR, me. – Public health emergency ordinances continue to apply to schools and educational institutions in Washtenaw County.

On Thursday, the Washtenaw County Health Department released a statement regarding the legality of its educational emergency orders.

The department said it received “numerous inquiries” about the contracts after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the draft budget for fiscal year 2022.

“While the recently approved state budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year contains wording addressing the impact of an emergency order on allocated funds, the Ministry of Health retains the power to issue and enforce its emergency orders,” said the Ministry of Health.

It reiterated that the educational isolation and quarantine order and the wearing of masks in educational institutions remain in effect with Washtenaw County’s public health orders.

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Read the full statement below:

The Washtenaw County Health Department remains committed to protecting public health. The Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2451 and MCL 333.2453, and State Administrative Rule R325.175 (4) issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services under MCL 333.2226 (d), empower local health authorities to issue orders in response on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health has issued its order for isolation and quarantine in educational institutions (dated 09/02/21, updated 09/15/11) and the wearing of masks in educational institutions in Washtenaw District (dated 09/02/21) in accordance with this legal regulation and regulatory authority. While the recently approved state budget for the 2021-2022 financial year contains wording addressing the impact of an emergency order on the allocated funds, the Ministry of Health retains the power to issue and enforce its emergency orders. Accordingly, the Isolation and Quarantine Ordinance in Educational Institutions (dated 09/02/21, updated 09/15/11) and the wearing of masks in educational institutions in Washtenaw District (dated 09/02/21) remain in accordance with the provisions of these ordinances.

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We received numerous inquiries about the status and legality of our local emergency public health ordinances for educational institutions after the governor signed the draft budget for fiscal year 2022. We share the attached statement. Our orders remain valid. pic.twitter.com/cIVFAGCdjc

– Washtenaw County Health Department (@wcpublichealth) September 30, 2021

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