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Not '100% Safe': State Medical Director Tells Parents To Cancel Play Dates

'...be creative and have video conference calls with your children’s friends...'

The state's senior medical official told parents to cancel play dates for their children and require them to wear face masks even when outside because "outdoors doesn't mean it is 100% safe."

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, made the comments in a Sept. 10 press conference.

"I also know, again, I’m the mother of three children, that part of the fun of childhood is having gatherings with friends and play dates. This social interaction is important for our children’s well being. I completely understand that. But please consider not having those play dates as you normally would. Try to be creative and have video conference calls with your children’s friends if possible," Khaldun said. "Know that outdoor is safer than indoors, but outdoors doesn’t mean it is 100% safe."

Since the start of the epidemic in the state of Michigan one child from the ages of birth to 14 has died from COVID-19. Eight Michigan children age birth to 14 have died from influenza in 2020 through Sept. 4, according to the state of Michigan.