(WWJ) A teacher at a private school in Farmington Hills has tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus, according to a letter from the school to parents.
Hillel Day School, a Jewish K-8 school on Middlebelt Rd. south of 14 Mile Rd., said in the letter that a teacher at their 1-2 Learning Community has the virus.
Reports say the female teacher, whose name has not been released, had traveled internationally and did not have much community contact after contracting the virus. She is said to be doing OK.
Naty Katz, interim head of school, reiterated in the letter — obtained by the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets on Friday — that the school will be closed Friday March 13, and will remain closed until further notice following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's shutdown down all K-12 school buildings Thursday night.
"We recognize that this development may cause anxiety for you and your children," Interim Head of School Naty Katz wrote in the letter. "It is important to remain calm as we move forward together. We stand ready to help you in any way possible."
This news comes as Oakland County Executive David Coulter on Friday declared a state of emergency in the county, allowing him to shift resources quickly to assist residents, businesses and communities affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Coulter said the declaration was necessary to open a path for federal funds, should they become available.
“We will take all necessary steps to slow the spread of this virus,” Coulter said. “The effects of this public health emergency are still unfolding, and we want to ensure that people with immediate needs get help as quickly as possible."
The county has established the Oakland County Help Hotline – 248-858-1000 – to address non-health needs of the general public such as food or housing assistance.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the number of tested cases of coronavirus in Michigan has jumped to 16.