Farmington Hills teacher tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:09 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 17:22:52-04

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — A teacher at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to an email to parents, the school is in close contact with the Oakland County Health Division. The teacher was in the 1-2 Learning Community at the school, is a Washtenaw County resident and tested positive after domestic travel. The teacher is at home and recovering, officials say.

Parents with questions are asked to contact their personal physician or the Oakland County Communicable Disease Division at 248-858-1286.

The school released the following statement:

“He is a beloved and valued member of our school community, a teacher whose dynamic classroom is always filled with positive energy. We wish him and all those affected a speedy recovery. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We continue to be in very close contact with the Oakland County Health Division. Officials there are monitoring the situation very closely, and we are following their guidelines.”

The teacher's students and colleagues in the 1-2 Learning Community are in self-quarantine through March 23.

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all Michigan schools to close from now until April 6. The decision was made to minimize the risk of coronavirus exposure for children, educators and families.


There are now 12 confirmed coronavirus cases. The new cases include:

  • An adult female from Ingham County with history of travel on a cruise.
  • Two adult females from Kent County and one adult male, all with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Montcalm with history of international travel.
  • Two adult males from Oakland County; one with no travel history and one with domestic travel.
  • An adult male from St. Clair County with history of domestic travel. (This case was previous announced Thursday.)
  • One adult female and one adult male from Washtenaw County; one with history of domestic travel and one with history of international travel.

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