Detroit Evening Report: Detroit school closes after student’s death, high rate of illnesses

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The Detroit Health Department is working with Detroit Public Schools Community District and state officials to investigate illnesses at two elementary schools.

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Several students at Marcus Garvey Academy reported flu-like symptoms, prompting the district to close the building until Monday for cleaning. The Focus Hope Center for Children is also being monitored.

DPSCD has reported one kindergartener has died, though medical examiners have yet to determine the cause of death.

“I was really scared because my daughter, you know I got two daughters that go there. I was very nervous trying to figure out what’s going on. What’s coming? Is it the flu? I know April is allergy season but I thought Corona,” parent Theodore Burton told WXYZ. Burton has two students attending Marcus Garvey.

The health department is tracking at least 25 other cases. Parents are asked to watch for symptoms including fever, headache, lethargy, nausea or vomiting, and abdominal pain in students younger than 8 years old.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.