The Wayne County Health Department recognizes that Southeast Michigan is at a turning point in the recent COVID-19 surge with a continuing downturn in new daily cases. Within the last month, Wayne County has experienced a continuing decline in new daily COVID-19 cases, with the most significant decline in cases occurring over the last week.
We are encouraged by the lower case counts along with corresponding decreased positivity rates and hospitalizations. Based upon the current downward trends, the Wayne County Health Department anticipates ending its Emergency Order requiring face masks in educational settings by February 28, 2022.
“I completely understand and sympathize with everyone who is sick and tired of COVID and just wants to move on with their lives. The only note of caution I would issue is that we also thought that COVID was essentially done with us last summer, only to see it come raging back. That was the reason for our caution. Hopefully the past will not be a prologue this time,” said the Executive. “This time I think we can feel hopeful that the light at the end of the tunnel is for real.”
In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidance, the Wayne County Health Department strongly recommends a layered approach to COVID-19 prevention that includes wearing masks in public indoor spaces, social distancing, frequent handwashing, increased ventilation, and vaccination. The Wayne County Health Department continues to closely monitor key indicators and will provide updates to enable schools to plan accordingly.
Director of Communications, Office of the Wayne County Executive