225 K-12 schools, colleges face ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

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The University of Michigan campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sept. 13, 2020 | Susan J. Demas

At least 218 public schools and 42 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data.

At least 185 public schools and 40 colleges and universities, 225 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 Nov. 15, Whitmer and health officials announced that high schools and colleges will stop in-person learning on Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 due to a spike in coronavirus cases. K-8 schools may stay open “if done with strong mitigation” and safety protocols like masks are required.

The 52 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

Rochester University in Rochester Hills and the Northern Michigan University hockey team are the only new outbreaks to be reported at a college or university in the state. 

At least 185 K-12 schools have ongoing outbreaks:

Forty colleges and universities reported ongoing outbreaks:

The University of Michigan has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 2,909 cases since March 8. U of M reports 290 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.

More than 97,000 tests have been administered since early March.

Michigan State University reports 2,129 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department. MSU clinical testing reports 1,093 positive cases since July 27.

An additional 89 cases were reported the week of Nov. 16, the latest data available.

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COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also reported Monday that 360,449 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 9,134 have died from the virus, which is an additional 10,428 cases and 98 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 5,214 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 28,493 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 430 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 388,942 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 9,564 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 2.5%.

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 63 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.5 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 13.4 million confirmed cases and 267,438 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.

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