143 ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools, colleges

By: - November 9, 2020 3:58 pm

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At least 160 public schools and 32 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data.

More than 115 public schools and 27 colleges and universities, 143 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but have had at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

The 44 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

Five colleges and universities reported a new outbreak:

More than 115 K-12 schools have ongoing outbreaks:

Twenty-seven colleges and universities reported ongoing outbreaks:

The University of Michigan has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 2,307 cases since March 8.

U of M reports 346 new cases connected to the university in the past 14 days. Fifteen of the 16 university residence halls now have at least one confirmed case.

Nearly 70,000 tests have been administered since early March.

Washtenaw County Health Department issued a two week stay-in-place order for undergraduate students at U of M on Oct. 20. The university notes on their dashboard that the order is likely the reason for a steady drop in student cases since Oct. 21.

Michigan State University reports 1,785 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department.

An additional 78 cases were reported the week of Nov. 2, the latest available data


COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide

DHHS also reported Monday that 216,804 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,640 have died from the virus, which is an additional 9,010 cases and 62 deaths since Saturday.

In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and variance in data.

Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is 4,505 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 21,504 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 368 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 238,308 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 8,008 deaths. The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5. 

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 3.5%.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 50.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.3 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 10 million confirmed cases and 237,760 deaths have been recorded.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.