More than 5K total coronavirus cases found in Michigan schools

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Each Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports COVID-19 related numbers at K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities.

There are 81 ongoing outbreaks, totaling 5,151 cases. 

Most are connected to colleges. Michigan State University reports 1,531 ongoing cases. Grand Valley State has 903 cases. Western Michigan University has 655 cases. The University of Michigan has 636 cases. Northwood University has 75 cases. Eastern Michigan University has 35 cases.

Overall, there were 26 new school outbreaks this past week, totaling 116 total cases. New outbreaks are defined as those that were first identified during the current reporting week. The K-12 schools in this category are:  

  • Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor (12 cases)
  • Bark River-Harris Schools in Harris (seven cases)
  • Three Lakes Academy in Curtis (five cases)
  • St. Lawrence Catholic School in Utica (four cases)
  • Wyoming High School in Wyoming (three cases)
  • Jenison High School in Jenison (three cases)
  • Clinton Valley Elementary School in Mount Clemens (three cases)
  • Metro Charter Academy in Romulus (three cases)
  • Hudsonville High School in Hudsonville (three cases)
  • Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte (three cases)
  • Max Larsen Elementary School in Coldwater (two cases)
  • Cooper Elementary School in Kalamazoo (two cases)
  • Breton Downs Elementary in Grand Rapids (two cases)
  • Munising Public Schools in Munising (two cases)
  • Miami Elementary School in Clinton Twp. (two cases)
  • Lowell Middle School in Lowell (two cases)
  • Oxford Middle School in Oxford (two cases)
  • Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland (two cases)
  • Lawton Public School in Lawton (two cases)
  • Gladstone High School in Gladstone (two cases)

For colleges and universities, six state institutions had new outbreaks:

  • Kalamazoo College (21 cases)
  • Central Michigan University (11 cases)
  • Bay College (10 cases)
  • Michigan Technological University (four cases)
  • Cleary University (two cases)
  • Washtenaw Community College (two cases) 

State reports 24 new outbreaks in schools, colleges

State report: 1,809 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

DHHS also reported Monday that 136,465 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,898 have died from the virus, which is an additional 1,809 cases and seven deaths since Saturday.

In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and variance in data.

The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5. DHHS reports that an additional 14,931 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 327 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 151,396 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 7,225 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.1%.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 37.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7.7 million confirmed cases and 214,985 deaths have been recorded.

Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.