GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Service has begun releasing the names of schools where coronavirus outbreaks have been identified, including Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.
There are also outbreaks at the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Ferris State University at Big Rapids, Calvin University at Grand Rapids, Hope College in the Netherlands, and Davenport. University near Grand Rapids, among others.
Among the most recent outbreaks was the one at the MSU, where 203 students were infected with the virus.
Also on Monday, the Ingham County Health Department reported a more than 50% increase in cases since August 24 and an increase in positive tests from 2% to 5%. He said most of all cases were MSU students.
As a result, county health officials on Monday ordered people living in 30 large houses in East Lansing to isolate themselves for two weeks. Of these, 23 are fraternity or sorority homes and seven are rental homes.
Ingham County health officials had already done so recommended self-isolation. They made it mandatory on Monday. Offenders risk jail time and fines.
But the biggest outbreak in a university is by far a GVSU, where 438 students tested positive for the virus.
Adrian College has more than 200 cases, Michigan nearly 80, Ferris State 28 and Eastern 19. Both Hope and Calvin have 11 cases. Michigan Tech is monitoring its outbreaks broken down by Greek homes. In all, about 35 students were affected.
The MDHHS listing, which includes primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, will be updated weekly on Mondays. An outbreak is defined as two or more related cases based on location or time outside a family.
In western Michigan, K-12 schools where outbreaks have been identified have recorded no more than two cases. Statewide, the largest outbreak in a K-12 school was six.
Michigan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joneigh Khaldun pointed out that if a school is named on the list, local health departments are already investigating the outbreak and contacting anyone who may have been exposed.
“Michigan schools are working hard to maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education,” he said in a statement.
TRENDS THROUGHOUT THE STATE
The statewide data release from MDHHS it was delayed Monday afternoon due to technical difficulties, but only about an hour.
The latest data shows 1,088 additional coronavirus cases were confirmed over the weekend (an average of 544 per day), and another 10 deaths have been reported.
The figures carry the total number of confirmed cases across the state to 111,524 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March and the death toll to 6,591.
The state is now combining data on Saturday and Sunday cases and deaths into a single report released on Monday. Regardless of when the state releases its public updates, cases are broken down by the date symptoms developed.
Throughout the state, hospitalization figures remain low, as does the number of deaths each day. The number of new cases per million people per day appears to have decreased slightly in recent weeks.
On Saturday, Michigan labs tested 19,889 samples for the virus and 593 tested positive for a 2.98% positivity rate. On Sunday, 31,619 samples were tested and 794 were positive. The positivity rate was 2.51%.
The number of positive tests and new cases do not match because people can be tested more than once.
However, the seven-day average for the percentage of positive tests has increased recently, reaching 3.7% as of Thursday, the most recent day for which the state MI Start map list the data. Public health officials want it to be less than 3% as an indication that community spread is under control.
By all metrics, however, the Michigan outbreak state is now much better than it was at its peak in the spring. In an effort to keep the virus in check, the state is launch of a $ 5 million PSA campaign urging people to wear masks, which officials say is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
You should also wash your hands frequently and keep 6 feet away from others whenever possible. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has it, health officials want you to do the test.