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18 ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks or clusters reported in Blue Water Area schools

A vial containing a COVID-19 vaccine lies on a table during a clinic on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.  The organizers of the clinic expected about 135 participants.

The number of new and ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks or clusters reported in Blue Water Area schools has risen to 18.

The latest was reported Monday with cases involving four students at Croswell-Lexington High School.

The longest running outbreak or cluster was reported at Port Huron Northern High School in late September with 37 confirmed cases in students and staff.

According to the state, clusters and outbreaks will be removed from the list if no new confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified after 28 days have passed since the last known school exposure to a case.

Jennifer Michaluk, spokeswoman for the St. Clair County Health Department, said in an email that the department will continue to work with districts and monitor cases.

“General cases in the province have been at a plateau and have not declined. This is worrying,” she said. “As the weather gets colder, more people are indoors, people resume normal routines, are more social, gather in large groups, etc. We expect cases to remain consistent, until more and more people are fully vaccinated (children, adults, boosters, etc.).”