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Some metro schools in Detroit are considering virtual learning amid the COVID-19 wave

(WXYZ) — COVID-19 cases in Michigan continue to rise as the state appears to be in the midst of its fourth wave.

Hospital admissions are seeing a troubling trend as we head into the holidays.

Michigan on Monday confirmed more than 21,000 new cases over a three-day period, averaging more than 7,000 per day. It is the highest daily count since mid-April.

Hospital admissions also peaked in 7 months with more than 3,200 patients being treated for COVID-19.

On Monday, the state also reported that more than 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

But with the colder weather here, there are new concerns about increasing cases in schools. On Monday, Michigan reported 86 new COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools.

At Waterford Mott High School, students learn virtually for the rest of the week. Parents say they have flashbacks to 2020 and are concerned that the disruption could hurt their children.

Monica Kostoff says her 14-year-old son is back home and not learning where he belongs.

“It’s a repeat of how he was at home before and he learned absolutely nothing,” she said.

Virtual education is the only option for students at Waterford Mott High after the seasonal cold, flu and COVID-19 sent too many teachers home sick.

Administrators sent a letter to parents on Monday explaining the ordeal.

Detroit Public Schools Community District is also considering a similar move, proposing to go virtual only on Fridays.

In just one week, their cases of COVID-19 have increased from 198 to 292. The number of staff cases has also increased from 20 to 52.

dr. Teena Chopra, professor of infectious diseases at Wayne State University, says we probably won’t see school infections drop until after the holidays.

“Especially if people continue to do what they do, travel a lot, don’t mask and don’t social distance and schools are open and kids aren’t vaccinated,” she said.

Some parents hope that the unvaccinated part will change for most people sooner or later.

“We need more people to take the picture. What do you have to study?’ a parent asked.

Health departments throughout the Detroit metro area are working with schools to provide free vaccinations to anyone over the age of 5 who wants a shot.

Experts say it can make the holiday season a lot smoother.

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