K-12 Schools are a hot spot for new COVID-19 outbreaks, according to state health data

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Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — State health officials reported K-12 schools are the top hot spot for new COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan.

In total, sate health officials today reported 103 new outbreaks across 21 different settings in the state.

Looking at the trend, COVID-19 outbreaks are up in K-12 school settings for the second week in a row with 27 new outbreaks.

Back in January, new COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools reached an all-time low of two new outbreaks on both Jan 4 and Jan 11.

Which schools?

Outbreaks were reported in the following counties in K-12 schools. WLNS TV 6 has listed the school names for those located in the Mid-Michigan area. The full list of K-12 schools with new COVID-19 outbreaks is available here.

  • Bay
  • Cass
  • Cheboygan
  • Detroit
  • Eaton- Hayes Middle School, Waverly High School, Grand Ledge High School, Charlotte High School
  • Genesee
  • Hillsdale- Hillsdale High School
  • Ingham – Okemos High School
  • Jackson- Spring Arbor University, Portage Central Elementary
  • Kalamazoo
  • Leelanau
  • Macomb
  • Marquette
  • Midland
  • Saginaw
  • Sanilac
  • Wayne

Across the state, the top three settings for COVID-19 outbreaks are K-12 school settings, long-term care facilities and manufacturing and construction.

These three sites have consistently ranked in the top 3 settings for new COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan throughout the pandemic.

Trends in other settings

New outbreaks in retail settings among employees are up by 3 new outbreaks.

Office settings saw an increase of 2 new outbreaks. 

Religious services saw a drop down to 0 outbreaks from 2 the week prior.

New outbreaks in healthcare settings are up by 3.

None of these settings documented as many outbreaks as long-term care facilities, K-12 schools and manufacturing and construction. 

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