98 Michigan schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

State has 7,185 COVID-19 cases since Friday

By: - September 20, 2021 2:54 pm

C.J. Moore

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 995,910 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,700 have died from the virus — an additional 7,185 cases and 35 deaths since Friday.

The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,395 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include nine deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

DHHS also reports that an additional 121,936 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,334 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 1,117,846 statewide cases and 22,034 deaths.

As all Michigan schools have begun 2021-22 classes, the state is reporting school and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks. As of Monday, 213 pre-kindergarten-12 schools and nine universities — Alma College, Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Northwood University, Adrian College, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University — are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Of those, 98 are new outbreaks just reported Monday.

Twenty-two pre-kindergarten-12 schools have outbreaks of 10 cases or more, including Cedar Springs High School (44 cases), St. Charles High School (42 cases), Adams Elementary in Midland (31 cases), Lakeview High School in Battle Creek (31 cases) and Pinconning High School (31 cases).

Four of the colleges and universities have outbreaks of 10 cases or more, including University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (446 cases), Northwood University in Midland (36 cases), Eastern Michigan University (22 cases) and Adrian College (12 cases).

Michigan State University was not included in the DHHS list, but the school reported that as of Sept. 13, it “is aware of 242 cases of COVID-19 among students and 64 cases among faculty and staff since the week of Aug. 2.”

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.1%.

As of Sept. 10, the state reports that 906,096 people have recovered from COVID-19.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 228.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.6 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 42.1 million confirmed cases and 674,346 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).