21 Of 67 New COVID-19 Outbreaks In Michigan Linked To Schools, Health Officials Say

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) There are multiple new coronavirus outbreaks linked to schools across the state, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The health department on Monday announced a total of 67 new outbreaks statewide, with schools topping the list with 21 outbreaks.

K-12 schools in metro Detroit with confirmed cases include high schools in the Novi, Utica, and Airport school districts, as well as Salina Intermediate School in Dearborn and at Brookfield Academy in Troy, officials said. 

Colleges also remain a chief concern when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. Madonna University is reporting five students with the coronavirus, while the number of cases at the University of Michigan has doubled in the past week to 151, health officials said. Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University are also reporting increases in the number of students with the virus. 

Find the complete list of new and ongoing school outbreaks AT THIS LINK.

So, what exactly counts as an "outbreak"? In accordance with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ outbreak definition, educational institutions, including grades K-12 and institutions of higher education, that have been found by their local health department to have two or more COVID-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households are included on the list. Case counts for school-related outbreaks include those associated with before and after school programs — for example school-sponsored sports, the state said. When applicable, outbreak reporting also includes cases originating from on-campus and off-campus student housing. The school outbreak list is updated once a week on Mondays. 

If your institution is listed, the state says local health department and school that are investigating the outbreak will contact you directly if you or your minor/child were possibly exposed to coronavirus on school grounds.

The health department notes that many factors, including the lack of ability to conduct effective contact tracing in certain settings, may result in underreporting of outbreaks — so there may be some that don't make the list. 

Looking at the latest state numbers overall, the health department said there have now been 117,406 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Michigan, and 6,665 deaths. A total of 90,216 people are now considered officially recovered. Get more updated COVID-19 stats for the state, HERE