198 infected across 24 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in Michigan
198 infected across 24 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in Michigan

198 infected across 24 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in Michigan

Michigan health officials identified 100 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week, including 24 associated with K-12 schools and 58 associated with long-term care facilities.

The state Department of Health and Human Services also tracked a further 889 ongoing outbreaks, with at least one new case reported within the past two weeks, according to the outbreak report released Tuesday, February 22nd.

In total, Michigan had 989 known and active outbreaks to start the week. That’s a drop from 1,053 eruptions a week ago.

A COVID outbreak is defined by the State Department of Health as three or more cases with a link by location and time indicating a shared exposure outside a household.

Among the 24 new outbreaks linked to schools, five clusters involved at least 10 people. The largest outbreaks were:

  • George Long Elementary School in Jackson County, where 38 students and staff were infected;
  • Schavey Road Elementary in Clinton County, where 36 students and staff tested positive;
  • Columbia Central High School in Jackson County, where 16 students were infected;
  • Springport Middle School in Springport, where 13 students and staff tested positive;
  • Dewitt High School in Dewitt, where 12 students and staff were infected.

Below is an online database that allows readers to search outbreak data by school name or by city or county. The number of infected is a total since the original outbreak. (Note: Washtenaw County only reports cumulative totals for the past 28 days.)

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Below is an interactive map showing both new and ongoing outbreaks listed in Monday’s report. You can place the cursor over a dot to see the underlying data.

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In addition to school-related outbreaks, Michigan identified 12 outbreaks associated with child care programs, five associated with prisons or jails, and one outbreak associated with health care.

The state’s weekly outbreak reports no longer include data on manufacturing and construction sites, retail, bars and restaurants, universities and colleges, social gatherings, office environments, migrant camps, indoor and outdoor community events, personal services and religious services.

Outbreak data for K-12 schools include only cases of individuals or staff infected at the school or at school-related functions. Those who got the virus outside of school are not included.

For more state-wide data, visit MLives coronavirus data page, here.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 that you would like answered, please send them to [email protected] considered for future MLive reporting.

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