LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s most populated county is requiring masks inside schools.

The health officer in Wayne County issued an order Friday mandating face coverings for PreK-12 students, teachers, and staff regardless of vaccination status. The measure also applies to daycare facilities.

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It is the seventh county to implement some form of school mask requirement. School districts in 76 other counties vary on whether masking is optional or mandatory.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has strongly recommended face coverings in schools but has stopped short of reinstating a statewide requirement. Her office says with Wayne County’s move, at least half of public school students are subject to masking policies.

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