Health dept. reports 30 new coronavirus outbreaks in Michigan schools

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(WWJ) Health officials are reporting 30 new outbreaks of the coronavirus in Michigan schools.

The latest statistics, released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, show most of the outbreaks are in western and northern Michigan.

A few of the outbreaks are in southeastern Michigan, health officials say -- including at Lapeer High School in Lapeer, where six cases were reported in both students and staff.

Five cases were reported at Dakota High School in Macomb Township. All of those cases involved students, officials said.

Six cases were also reported at State Line Christian School in Temperance, in Monroe County.

Along with K-12 schools, Michigan's colleges and universities are continuing to record new confirmed cases. The number of cases at the University of Michigan jumped in the past week by another 256 cases.

MDHHS reported Monday that the total number of cases at the U of M is 1,092.

Looking at the state stats overall, MDHHS said there were nearly 3,881 new cases of the virus confirmed in Michigan over the past two days, bringing the statewide total to 161,907 confirmed cases. Of those nearly 115,000 have recovered. An additional 29 deaths were also reported in the state.

What counts as a school "outbreak"? In accordance with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ outbreak definition, educational institutions (i.e., 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. Case counts for school-related outbreaks include those associated with before and after school programs (including school-sponsored sports). When applicable, outbreak reporting also includes cases originating from on-campus and off-campus student housing.

If your institution is listed, MDDHS says your local health department and school are investigating the outbreak and will contact you directly if you (or your minor/child) were possibly exposed to coronavirus on the school grounds. Please note that students or staff who were exposed to COVID-19 outside of school grounds and are not thought to have spread the disease on the school grounds (due to quarantine, self-isolation, etc.) are not included in the totals.

School outbreak data is updated by the state once a week. Visit THIS LINK for all the details, and stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest.