State Rep. John Reilly today announced his opposition to the Oakland County Health Division’s mask mandate for local schools.
“This mandate — imposed unilaterally by the unelected county health division — takes away options from parents and students,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Furthermore, Oakland County is large and populous, and a universal mask mandate for schools does not allow for varying local circumstances across the county. Such a blanket, unilateral mandate places a one-size-fits-all solution on a complex, controversial issue.”
On Aug. 24, the Oakland County health officer issued an emergency order generally requiring masks in indoor school settings for students in preschool through 12th grade, as well as staff. The mask mandate applies to all public and private schools. The order provides exceptions for people eating or drinking, children under four years old, children with a developmental condition whose access to education would be limited by a mask, and vaccinated teachers instructing students who are hard of hearing or have a developmental condition and benefit from facial cues.
State Rep. John Reilly, a member of the House Oversight Committee, today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration should have broadened its efforts to record COVID-19 deaths from long-term care homes, after a state review identified deaths not previously counted by the department in its tally of long-term care deaths.
State Rep. John Reilly, a member of the House Oversight Committee, today called for accountability at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) after the state’s auditor general identified more COVID-19 deaths linked to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities than previously reported by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration.