2 Detroit students have virus after judge orders tests

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DETROIT (AP) — At least two Detroit students attending summer school have tested positive for the coronavirus after a judge ordered tests as a condition for attendance in the voluntary classes, officials said.

The students were told to self-quarantine with their families, The Detroit News reported Friday.

More than 250 students have been tested since U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow's order Tuesday. The Detroit district has said more than 600 students have been attending in-person classes since July 13. There's also an online option.

“This is what I would have expected," city health officer Denise Fair said. "We are not seeing clusters and at this point this does not suggest school spread. We will continue to partner with Detroit Public Schools Community District to ensure the health and safety of students.”

The testing order followed a lawsuit by activists who are opposed to face-to-face instruction. The district requires students and staff to wear masks, and the number of students in classrooms is limited.

In-person instruction across Michigan was halted in March. Detroit is one of the few districts to reopen classrooms for the summer if families choose to send their kids.


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