State reports more than 463K total cases, 21 new outbreaks in K-12 schools

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 463,403 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 11,532 have died from the virus, which is an additional 4,551 cases and 71 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 32,275 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 37,712 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 621 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 501,115 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 12,153 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 51,482 and 51,495 respectively. Combined with the city of Detroit, which has its own health department, the whole of Wayne County is reporting a total of 76,131 cases and 3,333 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 Macomb, Kent, Genesee, Ottawa, Washtenaw, Ingham, Saginaw and Kalamazoo.

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 77.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.7 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 17.9 million confirmed cases and 318,300 deaths have been recorded.

New outbreaks in schools continue to drop

At least 143 public schools and 27 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the DHHS data.

At least 122 public schools and 27 colleges and universities, 149 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.

Outbreaks in schools have been dropping since Whitmer and health officials announced the epidemic order that halted in-person learning at high schools and colleges on Nov. 18. Last week, the governor announced that high school classes can return to in-person learning starting Monday and colleges and universities can resume in-person classes in January.

The 21 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 122 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 3,265 cases since March 8.

U of M reports 184 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 101,695 tests have been administered since early March.

Michigan State University reports 2,462 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department. MSU clinical testing reports 1,252 positive cases since July 27.

An additional 58 cases were reported the week of Dec. 14, 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.