DHHS: 11 K-12 schools, 16 colleges have coronavirus outbreaks

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At least 11 public schools and 16 colleges and universities are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to new data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include Luce Road Elementary in Alma (six cases), Keicher Elementary in Michigan Center (two cases), Arrowwood Elementary in Saginaw (four cases), Parkside Elementary in Rockford (two cases) and Thornapple Kellogg Middle School in Middleville (two cases).

The colleges and universities that have reported new outbreaks are Ferris State University (28 cases), Michigan State University (203 cases), Saginaw Valley State University (two cases), Aquinas College (three cases), Davenport University (six cases), and Michigan Technological University’s Greek housing (28 cases).

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail issued an emergency order for 30 large houses in East Lansing, including 23 sorority and fraternity houses, to quarantine for two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak. 

MSU has gone to online learning for undergraduates during the fall semester. On Saturday, MSU asked all students who had been on campus to self-quarantine.

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Ingham County has seen a 52% increase of COVID-19 cases since the start of the fall semester in late August, and the majority of all new cases are MSU students. 

DHHS says this information “does not provide a complete picture of school outbreaks in Michigan and the absence of identified outbreaks in a school does not mean it is not experiencing an outbreak.”

The lack of ability to conduct effective contact tracing may be one reason the data is not up to date for each school. 

Local health departments and schools are investigating each outbreak and will contact parents if their student was possibly exposed to coronavirus at school. 

The data does not include students or staff who were exposed to COVID-19 outside of the school grounds and are not thought to have spread the disease in the school grounds.

The data will be updated every Monday at 3 p.m.