Two Manistee County School Districts Report COVID-19 Cases

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MANISTEE COUNTY – Public schools in Bear Lake and the Manistee area informed families on Monday of positive cases of COVID-19 in the districts.

In an email to staff and families, MAPS Superintendent Ron Stoneman reported that the district was told on Monday of a total of four positive cases.

“We have received a notification that three students from Kennedy Elementary and one student (from Manistee Middle High School) have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” Stoneman said in the email. . “In addition, there is a close contact identified at MMHS and a close contact identified at Kennedy Elementary School. These people are under quarantine protocols.”


According to guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, people in close contact can continue to attend classes if both parties wore masks.

“The families of these students have been contacted and are urged to monitor their students for symptoms,” Stoneman said. “All close contact students who were unmasked during meals have been contacted and are following the guidelines provided for quarantine.”

Bear Lake Superintendent Jakob Veith informed families on Monday of three positive cases in the district.

“Today we learned that an elementary, high school and staff member tested positive for COVID-19,” Veith said in an email to the families. “Contact tracing was carried out with 25 additional students identified as close contacts. These students and their families have been advised that they will continue to self-quarantine according to Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

“At the moment, we are following the guidelines of the district health department and strongly recommend masks, but they are not mandatory,” continued Veith.

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