State reports 7,200 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, school outbreaks continue to drop

By: - December 14, 2020 4:01 pm

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 437,985 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 10,752 have died from the virus, which is an additional 7,205 cases and 90 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 3,602 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 34,795 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 537 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 472,780 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 11,289 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 slightly to 2.5%.

Oakland and Wayne counties have the highest number of confirmed cases with 48,179 and 47,889 respectively. Combined with the city of Detroit, which has its own health department, the whole of Wayne County is reporting a total of 70,985 cases and 3,229 deaths.

Keweenaw is currently the only county in the state with total case numbers lower than 100. The majority of counties have caseloads in the thousands.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 10,000 include Washtenaw, Ottawa, Genesee, Kent, Ingham, Saginaw and Macomb.

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 72.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.6 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 16.4 million confirmed cases and 299,889 deaths have been recorded.

School closures cause steep decline in new school outbreaks

At least 188 public schools and 30 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 163 public schools and 30 colleges and universities, 193 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.

Last week, Whitmer and health officials announced the epidemic order that halted in-person learning at high schools and colleges would be extended by 12 days. DHHS originally announced the order on Nov. 18 and it was set to end Tuesday, but now will end Dec. 20. 

The 25 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

No colleges or universities are reporting new COVID-19, likely because of the governor’s order to halt in-person learning. 

At least 163 K-12 schools have ongoing outbreaks:

Thirty colleges and universities reported ongoing outbreaks:

The University of Michigan has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 3,153 cases since March 8.

U of M reports 211 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 94,259 tests have been administered since early March.

Michigan State University reports 2,322 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department. MSU clinical testing reports 1,198 positive cases since July 27.

An additional 83 cases were reported the week of Dec. 7, the latest data available.


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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.