Michigan's 25 school outbreaks report that 92 infected with 26 new coronovirus outbreaks

Michigan's 25 school outbreaks report that 92 infected with 26 new coronovirus outbreaks

A total of 92 students and staff at 26 K-12 schools and administrative offices have been infected by coronavirus in new school-related outbreaks, according to data released Monday, Jan. 18, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

New outbreaks also were identified in the counties of Alger, Antrim, Arenac, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Emmet, Gladwin, Jackson, Lapeer, Leelanau, Lenawee, Mackinac, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, St. Joseph, Wayne and Wexford.

Four of the new outbreaks were in Ottawa County and there were two each in Washtenaw and Huron counties.

By number of infections, the new outbreaks included:

Eight cases at St. Paul Lutheran School in Ann Arbor.

Six cases each at Ubly Junior High and Harbor Beach Middle School in Huron County.

Five cases each at Standish Sterling High, Dryden High, Centreville Elementary and the administrative offices of the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District.

Four cases each in Taylor School Heard Start in Petoskey and Sand Creek High School.

Three cases each in Superior Central Elementary in Alger County; Mancelona High School; Boyne City High School; 

Beaverton Elementary; Bean Elementary in Jackson; Glen Lake High School; Les Cheneaux Elementary; Jenison High School; 
Divine Child Catholic High School in Dearborn; Wexford-Missaukee ISD Career Tech Center and Woodlawn Preschool in Battle Creek.

Two cases each at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette; Lakeview Elementary in Ludington; Coopersville Middle School; Hudsonville High School; West Ottawa High School and Chelsea Elementary.

A cumulative total of 6,377 have been sickened in ongoing outbreaks, the report says. Ongoing outbreaks include clusters identified earlier but that had at least one additional case in the past 28 days.

Most of those ongoing outbreaks involve college communities, and most of those outbreaks occurred outside classroom settings. A total of 6,125 infections linked to ongoing outbreaks have occurred in and around 16 college communities. No colleges reported new clusters in the past week.

Among K-12 schools, there were 252 staff and students infected in ongoing outbreaks at 28 schools serving pre-K through high school. The latest list includes buildings with at least one case in the past 28 days.

Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases in which the student or staff was infected at school or at a school-related function. Those who caught the virus outside of school are not included.

A COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.

Monday’s report is based on data collected Thursday, Jan. 21.

Below is an online database that allows readers to search outbreak data by school name or by county. The number of those infected is a cumulative total since the original outbreak, with the exception of University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, in which the number listed are cases in the past 28 days.

Below is an interactive map showing both new and ongoing outbreaks listed in the Monday, Jan. 25, report. You can put your cursor over a dot to see the underlying data.