Grosse Pointe Woods – A vaccinated teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School has been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a note sent Thursday to teachers in the area.

“I wanted to let you know that our vaccinated teacher with a positive COVID test is already in the hospital,” said an email from Catherine C. Murray, the school’s principal.

“Many of you have asked and are concerned about our dear friend and colleague. People are organizing to figure out how to support her and her family. When things come together, we will share more details. In the meantime, please keep her in your prayers. . “

Efforts to reach Murray failed on Thursday. A Murray spokesman could not comment, citing HIPAA̵

7;s laws and confidentiality.

A letter from Murray was sent to parents and students on Wednesday about the teacher: “Today I received a notification that a vaccinated teacher from the North has tested positive for COVID. All students and families from close contacts have been notified. I also received a notification that three students in North tested positive for Covid 19. None of these three positive cases led to close school contacts.Our total number of active positive cases of students is 23 and we have 18 students who are in quarantine because are close contact. “

Wayne County spokesman William Knowling said there were 31 positive cases of COVID reported in the county 14 or more days after human vaccination. These incidents, Knowling said, accounted for 1% of completed vaccinations in Wayne County.

Earlier this week, state health officials told The Detroit News that 246 Michigan residents considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with coronavirus and three died.

The cases were reported between January 1 and March 31, and 246 tested positive 14 or more days after the last dose of the vaccine series, said Lynn Satfin, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Humanitarian Services, in an email.

“Some of these individuals may eventually be excluded from this list due to continuing a positive test for a recent infection before being fully vaccinated,” Sutfin said.

“These cases are subject to further examination to determine whether they meet other CDC criteria for determining potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days before the positive post-vaccination test. In general, these individuals are more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic than vaccinated individuals. “

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to grow and the country is running the country. On Wednesday, the state added 8,015 new cases and 30 deaths.

The latest figures for the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus bring the total number of cases to 715,478 and deaths to 16,327, as it was first detected in Michigan in March 2020, according to the State Department of Health and Human Services.

Staff associate Mark Hicks contributed.

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