343 people infected with COVID in Michigan’s latest school outbreaks

Health officials identified 130 new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Michigan last week, including 46 associated with K-12 schools, according to the state’s latest report released Monday, May 16.

The largest school outbreak involved 62 students and staff at Dewitt High School in Clinton County, which was one of seven outbreaks involving 10 or more infected people. A total of 343 students and staff had positive COVID cases linked to school outbreaks last week.

Coronavirus outbreaks are defined by the state health department as three or more cases with a link by location and time indicating shared exposure outside of a household. The state provides an updated outbreak report weekly, usually Monday afternoon.

Michigan’s latest outbreak report marks a continued upward trend. In the previous week, state health officials identified 104 new outbreaks, with 48 school outbreaks and 287 students and staff infected.

School outbreaks were reported in 17 counties last week, including Allegan, Alpena, Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Monroe, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Among the largest new outbreaks were:

  • Dewitt High School in Clinton County, where 62 students and staff have tested positive;
  • Emerson School in Ann Arbor, where 36 students and staff contracted COVID;
  • Tcaps Montessori School in Traverse City, where 21 students and staff fell ill;
  • Evergreen Christian School in Grand Rapids, where 18 students tested positive;
  • Saginaw Arts and Sciences in Saginaw, where 18 students were infected;
  • Scott Elementary in Dewitt, where 15 students and staff tested positive;
  • Besser Elementary in Alpena, where 10 students and staff fell ill.

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

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Below is an interactive map showing the new and ongoing outbreaks listed in Monday’s report. You can hover your cursor over a point to see the underlying data. Larger dots represent new outbreaks, while smaller dots are ongoing.

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Outside of schools, the state has reported 67 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, though it doesn’t indicate which facilities. There were also 10 outbreaks in child/youth care programs, three in a jail, jail or detention center, three linked to a health care facility and one linked to a homeless shelter. .

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

Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases of people or staff becoming infected at school or during school-related activities. Those who caught the virus outside of school are not included.

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.

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

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