State reports nearly 3,900 COVID-19 cases in 2 days, 29 K-12 schools have new outbreaks

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 161,907 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,211 have died from the virus, which is an additional 3,881 cases and 29 deaths since Saturday.

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

On Saturday, DHHS reported 3,338 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths, which is the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases the state has reported since the pandemic hit Michigan in March.

DHHS reports that an additional 17,762 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 341 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 179,669 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 7,552 deaths. The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5. 

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The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 4.5%.

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 43.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8.7 million confirmed cases and 225,495 deaths have been recorded.

At least 99 public schools and 25 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to DHHS data.

The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

  • Hartford Elementary in Redwood (two cases)
  • Hyatt Elementary in Linden (two cases)
  • Oceana Christian School in Hart (two cases)
  • St. Gerard Catholic School in Lansing (three cases)
  • State Line Christian School in Temperance (six cases)
  • Sugarbush Elementary School in Chesterfield (three cases)
  • Harrison Middle School in Harrison (five cases)
  • Iroquois Middle School in Macomb (two cases)
  • Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven (three cases)
  • Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville (two cases)
  • Mount Clemens Middle School in Mount Clemens (two cases)
  • Negaunee Middle School in Negaunee (two cases)
  • Western Middle School in Parma (two cases)
  • A.D Johnston High School in Bessemer (five cases)
  • Breitung Township Schools in Kingsford (10 cases)
  • Dakota High School in Macomb Township (five cases)
  • Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids (four cases)
  • Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids (six cases)
  • Fowler High School in Fowler (two cases)
  • Highland Pines High School in Caro (two cases)
  • Houghton High School in Houghton (two cases)
  • Laingsburg High School in Laingsburg (two cases)
  • Lakeview High School in St, Clair Shores (two cases)
  • Lapeer High School in Lapeer (six cases)
  • Martin High School in Martin (six cases)
  • Mattawan Public School in Mattawan (four cases)
  • Plainwell High School in Plainwell (seven cases)
  • South Christian High School in Byron Center (six cases)
  • Zeeland West High School in Zeeland (two cases)

25 public schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

Finlandia University, with two cases, is the only college or university that has reported a new outbreak.

Michigan State University has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 1,730 total cases that have been reported by the Ingham County Health Department since July 27.

An additional 49 cases were reported the week of Oct. 5, the latest available data.

The University of Michigan reports 223 new cases connected to the university in the last week. In total, 987 campus cases have been recorded at U of M since March 8 and 42,805 tests have been administered since then.

U of M undergraduate students are currently under a two week stay-home order issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department because of the growing number of cases in the county traced back to students.