60% of all new COVID-19 outbreaks recorded in these 3 settings


Medical staff conducts a rapid COVID test on an elderly woman in Athens, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Greece has seen a major resurgence of the virus after the summer, leading to dozens of deaths each day and thousands of new infections. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Nearly 60% of all COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan last week were documented in the following three places: long-term care facilities, manufacturing and construction and K-12 school settings, in that order.

State health officials identified 253 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week (Dec. 3-7) showing an increase of 250% in new outbreaks compared with the week prior.

On Monday, Gov. Whitmer announced that high schools will continue to remain closed for another 12 days.

So far, the state has seen a drop in new COVID-19 K-12 school setting outbreaks since Nov. 16.

Long-term care facilities, on the other hand, are not faring so well. In fact, new COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities reached their second-highest peak this week since the outbreak data reports were released in early November.

Long-term care facilities:

Region 2N and Region 3 accounted for 44% of all new COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes last week with 18 and 16 new outbreaks respectively. Overall, a total 77 new outbreaks were documented in nursing homes in the past week, which is up by 61% from the week prior.

Region 2N includes: Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties.

Region 3 includes: Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties.

Manufacturing and construction:

Nearly 50% of all manufacturing and construction outbreaks documented in the past week occurred in region 6, which includes: Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.

K-12 settings:

Region 6 logged the highest number of new coronavirus outbreaks in K-12 classroom, before/after school programs last week with 8 new outbreaks of the 24 statewide outbreaks.

Next in line was region 1, with 7 new coronavirus outbreaks. Together, regions 1 and 6 accounted for more than half of all COVID-19 outbreaks reported in K-12 classroom settings the week of Dec. 2.

Keep an eye on COVID-19 outbreaks in office settings:

Coming in fourth with the highest number of new outbreaks was office settings with 24 new outbreaks. One-third of those outbreaks occurred in Region 2N, which includes: Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties.

Office settings have also been gradually seeing an increase in new COVID-19 outbreaks over the past month:

Compared to last month, K-12 schools and long-term care facilities made up half of all COVID-19 outbreaks in the state.

Places that logged zero new outbreaks in Michigan last week included: homeless shelters, colleges and universities, outdoor community gatherings, and bars where the transmission was between employees and patrons.

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