56 K-12 schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks, state tops 8K total deaths 

By: - November 16, 2020 4:33 pm

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At least 208 public schools and 41 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 150 public schools and 34 colleges and universities, 186 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.

On Sunday, Whitmer and health officials announced that high schools and colleges will stop in-person learning on Wednesday until Dec. 8 due to a spoke in coronavirus cases. K-8 schools may stay open “if done with strong mitigation” and safety protocols like masks are required.

The 56 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

Seven colleges and universities reported a new outbreak:

More than 150 K-12 schools have ongoing outbreaks:

Thirty-four colleges and universities reported ongoing outbreaks:

The University of Michigan has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 2,551 cases since March 8.

U of M reports 409 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 77,000 tests have been administered since early March.

Michigan State University reports 1,870 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department. MSU clinical testing reports 889 positive cases since July 27.

An additional 163 cases were reported the week of Nov. 9, the latest data available.


COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also reported Monday that 264,576 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,049 have died from the virus, which is an additional 12,763 cases and 55 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 6,381 per day.

“I want to express my deepest sympathies to all Michiganders who have lost a loved one to this virus,” Whitmer said on Monday. “We all owe it to them to take this seriously so we can save more lives and protect each other. We must all choose to take action against COVID-19 and get through this together. As the weather gets colder, we must continue to listen to medical experts and join forces to fight COVID-19. We beat this virus in the spring by listening to the public health experts, and we can beat it again.”


DHHS reports that an additional 23,979 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 382 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 275,792 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 8,376 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 3.2%.

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 54.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.3 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 11 million confirmed cases and 246,758 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.