Health dept. reports 47 new COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan schools

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(WWJ) A hockey team, police academy and multiple metro Detroit high schools are on the latest list of new coronavirus outbreaks at schools across the state.

An updated list of 47 schools has been released Monday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which puts out a report on schools outbreaks once a week.

In all, around 220 students are affected, according to MDHHS.

The health department said the ten players on the Gaylord High School hockey team tested positive, as did five students in the Ferris State University Police Academy.

Notre Dame Prep Academy in Pontiac had eleven cases of the virus while Lutheran High Northwest in Rochester Hills and Northville High each reported nine cases. Fraser High School had seven cases of the virus. [FULL LIST HERE]

What counts as a school "outbreak"? In accordance with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ outbreak definition, educational institutions (i.e., grades K-12 and institutions of higher education) that have been found by their local health department to have two or more COVID-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households are included. Case counts for school-related outbreaks include those associated with before and after school programs (including school-sponsored sports). When applicable, outbreak reporting also includes cases originating from on-campus and off-campus student housing.

If your institution is listed, MDDHS says your local health department and school are investigating the outbreak and will contact you directly if you (or your minor/child) were possibly exposed to coronavirus on the school grounds.

Visit THIS LINK for more details on school outbreaks in Michigan.

This comes as the health department is reporting nearly 2,000 new, confirmed cases of the coronavirus over the past two days in Michigan, bringing the total number to more than 598,000 during the pandemic. There were also four more deaths over the past two days, bringing Michigan's COVID-19 death toll to 15,670.

Meanwhile, there's good news in the numbers, too, The number of Michigan residents hospitalized with COVID remains just about 900 statewide. That's a huge improvement from December, when hospitals statewide were near or at capacity.

In other positive news, a total of 549,881 sickened by COVID-19 in the past year in Michigan are now considered recovered, while the percent positive rate remains at around 3.8% — also much-improved when compared to last fall.

The latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including about testing sites and vaccinations, can be found at michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

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