COVID-19

14 COVID outbreaks related to schools in Michigan

State officials won't name which schools have had outbreaks or how many infections there were.

There are at least 14 outbreaks of COVID-19 at Michigan K-12 schools and colleges right now, according to an article in Bridge Magazine.

The news site has learned of the outbreaks, but reports that state health officials are unwilling to identify the affected schools or indicate how many infections have resulted from the outbreaks.

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A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Lynn Sutfin, said parents of students at the affected schools would be informed by those schools or districts.

Educational leaders are astonished that health officials would withhold such information.

“I don’t know what to say – I don’t know why they wouldn’t release that information,” said Robert McCann, the executive director of the Lansing-based Tri-County Alliance for Public Education.

News of the outbreaks comes as public school districts prepare to restart classes – some of them in-person.

It also comes just a day after Michigan State University reversed course and urged students to stay home and take classes online.

You can read the full story in Bridge Magazine.