State data released Monday shows 27 new COVID-19 outbreaks linked to schools, colleges and universities.
The outbreaks are responsible for 92 confirmed cases of the illness, according to figures from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The latest report means that education-related outbreaks are responsible for more than 4,000 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan.
Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula logged eight new cases related to an outbreak there, prompting the school to halt in-person learning for at least two weeks in hopes of seeing case numbers fall.
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“This transition is a targeted effort to mitigate further spread among our community at large by temporarily reducing the density of people on campus,” university president Rick Koubek told the Associated Press.
The school’s Monday announcement came three days after K-12 schools in Houghton County, where Michigan Tech is located, also closed down
“The positive test rate for Houghton County has risen from 0.6% at the end of August to 5.1% as of Sept. 21,” health officer Kate Beer said.
Hillsdale College logged six new cases linked to an outbreak there. Concordia University logged five cases and Central Michigan logged four new cases.
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Among K-12 schools reporting new outbreaks, the largest occurred at Carson City Elementary School, about 35 miles northwest of Lansing, where six new cases were confirmed. In all, Monday’s data shows outbreaks confirmed at 10 elementary schools, including Atherton in Burton, Chapman Elementary in Rockwood, Indian Hills Elementary School in Washington Township.Monday’s data also lists outbreaks at private elementary schools like Holy Name in Escanaba and University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Among the high schools on Monday’s list were: Carlson, Swartz Creek, Sparta, Webberville, Leelanau and Springport.
The new outbreaks are listed in addition to what the state calls ongoing outbreaks. State data shows 51 of those with more than 3,900 cases attributed to them.