To protect the health of our school community and per the emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on October 6, 2020, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School will provide public notice to our school community regarding school associated cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a school associated case by the Washtenaw County Health Department, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as close contacts of school associated cases will be notified separately as directed by the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Updated: January 28, 2022
Status of Instruction and School-Sponsored Functions
Instruction: In-person classes are in session.
School-Sponsored Functions: Extra-curricular activities continue. Sports continue in accordance with MHSAA guidelines.
School Associated COVID-19 Cases
The following are the current case counts of COVID-19 amongst the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School school community. This data includes probable and confirmed cases among students, staff, administration, or coaches, if the person with COVID-19 was in the building or participating in a school-sponsored function during their infectious period.
New Cases (since last update on January 17, 2022): 4
Cumulative Cases (since reporting began in August 2020): 47
Population Affected: Students/Staff
Our school will continue to take every precaution necessary and continue to cooperate with local and state officials.
Actions You Can Take
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends taking these actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms:
• Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in public places or if people who do not live with you must visit your home.
• Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).
• Practice frequent handwashing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol).
• Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands.
• Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested.
• Answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.
This information does not mean you should quarantine or isolate. Those members of the school community who were or are suspected to have been in close contact* with a school associated case will be notified by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School and/or the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you. With your participation, we believe we can maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education.
If you have any questions, contact the Washtenaw County Health Department at 734.544.6700. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at 888.535.6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
*What is a close contact?
For COVID-19, a close contact is most often someone that has been within 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, or for a total of 15 minutes in a 24 hour period, with or without a face covering. Every case is different, however, and the health department has to look at how COVID-19 is spread and how we get infected when figuring out close contacts. The health department helps determine close contacts every day and routinely investigates contacts to many types of contagious diseases.