Advance Notice: Briefs

State reports 24 new outbreaks in schools, colleges

By: - October 5, 2020 2:58 pm

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At least 58 public schools and 26 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to DHHS data. Last week, there were 46 schools and 23 colleges and universities with cases.

The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

  • Holy Redeemer Grade School in Detroit (11 cases)
  • Walkerville Public Schools in Walkerville (four cases)
  • Galesburg Augusta Primary School in Galesburg (five cases)
  • Lakeview Elementary in Negaunee (two cases)
  • Park Elementary in Hudsonville (seven cases)
  • List Elementary in Frankenmuth (five cases)
  • Saginaw Preparatory Academy in Saginaw (two cases)
  • Grant Public Schools in Grant (eight cases)
  • Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville (seven ases)
  • Newaygo Public Schools in Newaygo (six cases)
  • Grand Blanc Building and Grounds in Grand Blanc (four cases)
  • Grand Blanc High School West Campus in Grand Blanc (three cases)
  • Northwest High School in Jackson (two cases)
  • Rockford High School in Rockford (four cases)
  • Almont High School in Almont (three cases)
  • Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh (four cases)
  • Montcalm Area ISD in Stanton (four cases)
  • Lutheran Westland High School in Westland (four cases)

The colleges and universities that have reported new outbreaks are:

  • Mott Community College (three cases)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (two cases)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (20 cases)
  • Michigan Technological University (two cases)
  • Finlandia University (10 cases)
  • Cornerstone University (two cases)

Michigan State University has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 1,486 total cases that have been reported by the Ingham County Health Department since July 27.

An additional 27 cases were reported last week.

The University of Michigan reports 116 new cases connected to the university in the last two weeks. All 16 of the university’s residence halls now have at least one confirmed case.

In total, 544 campus cases have been recorded at U of M since March 8 and 25,754 tests have been administered since then.

Grand Valley State University reports a total of 954 cases since August 1st, but cases have been dropping in the last couple weeks. 

Statewide cases

DHHS reported Monday that 128,923 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,816 have died from the virus — an additional 1,407 cases and 15 deaths since Saturday.

DHHS does not report coronavirus numbers on Sunday, so this is a two-day total.

DHHS also reports that an additional 13,803 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 323 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5.

Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 142,726 statewide cases and 7,319 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.3%.

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 35.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1,038,855 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7.4 million confirmed cases and 209,938 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.