218 K-12 schools, colleges face ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

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At least 270 public schools and 41 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data.

More than 175 public schools and 40 colleges and universities, 218 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but have had at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

Last week, Whitmer and health officials announced that high schools and colleges will stop in-person learning on Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 due to a spike in coronavirus cases. K-8 schools may stay open “if done with strong mitigation” and safety protocols like masks are required.

The 52 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include:

Cleary University in Howell is the only college or university to report a new outbreak.

More than 175 K-12 schools have ongoing outbreaks:

40 colleges and universities reported ongoing outbreaks:

The University of Michigan has the most COVID-19 cases out of all universities in the state with 2,780 cases since March 8.

U of M reports 388 new cases connected to the university in the past 14 days. Fifteen of the 16 university residence halls now have at least one confirmed case.

More than 92,000 tests have been administered since early March.

Michigan State University reports 2,029 total cases since July 27, according to data from the Ingham County Health Department. MSU clinical testing reports 1,004 positive cases since July 27.

An additional 112 cases were reported the week of Nov. 16, the latest data available.

COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also reported Monday that 314,216 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,543 have died from the virus, which is an additional 11,511 cases and 65 deaths since Saturday.

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

Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is 5,755 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 26,748 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 397 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 340,964 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 8,940 deaths. The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5. 

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 2.7%.

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 59 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.4 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 12.3 million confirmed cases and 257,274 deaths have been recorded.

Allison Donahue
Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.