More than 100 teens in Michigan’s three southeastern counties have tested positive for coronavirus since mid-July with some of the cases reported after attending at least half a dozen large indoor and outdoor rallies, including graduation and promising events, health officials said Tuesday.
The rapid rise in COVID-19 positive cases has hit them in the 15-19 age range in Oakland, Livingston and Genesee counties, particularly the areas of South Lyon and Fenton, officials from all three counties said in a release news.
“We need parents and young people in our community to recognize the risk they take to their health and that of their family and friends when they attend meetings without taking precautions,”; said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer of Oakland County. “We can work together across our communities to improve dissemination, and I urge parents to be aware of the activities your children do.”
Officials said there has been a lack of co-operation in tracking contracts to get better treatment in spreading the virus.
Many of the cases in Oakland and Livingston counties are likely to be related to students at South Lyon Community Schools, which spans both counties. There were reports of an informal “prom,” put up by a parent or parents, being held on July 23rd. A July 23 post on the Facebook page of Varsity Pompon in South Lyon, shows a photo of eight young women, dressed in formal attire, who appear side by side with the headline “Prom !!”
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Spika was observed when comparing the number of COVID-19 positive cases in this age group from late June to mid-July and mid-July to early August.
Numbers break down like this, officials say:
- Oakland County: COVID-19 cases in this time range in the South Lyon area increased from three cases in late June to mid-July to 42 from mid-July to early August
- Livingston County: Cases of viruses in this age group increased from three in late June to mid-July to 19 in mid-July to early August.
- Genesee County: Cases of coronaviruses in this age range have increased from 19 during late June to mid-July to 94 from mid-July to early August.
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South Lyon Community Schools cover an area of about 83 square miles, with an estimated population base of about 45,500, according to the district website. He says the district contains areas of Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston counties, including eight communities, South Lyon, Lyon Township, Novi, Wixom, Milford Township, Northfield Township, Salem Township and Green Oak Township.
There are two high schools.
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The Oakland County Department of Health, the COVID-19 dashboard as of Monday shows the ZIP code 48178 in Oakland County, which is the South Lyon area, there have been 147 cases and 10 deaths since the pandemic began. Govich Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced the state’s first issues March 10. This area has had 59 positive cases within the last 30 days, according to the dashboard.
In Livingston County, the ZIP code 48178 has 44 confirmed and 11 possible cases, according to that county dashboard.
ZIP code 48165, which includes part of Lyon Township, has had 38 cases and one death since the virus began, according to the Oakland County dashboard. He says there have been 16 recent cases, or positive cases within the last 30 days, which is half the total issues for that ZIP code since the beginning of the pandemic.
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