State to identify school outbreaks

After pushback from media organizations, state health officials have announced they will identify K-12 schools where COVID outbreaks have happened.

Michigan health officials will begin publicly identifying K-12 schools where outbreaks of COVID-19 are occurring beginning September 14. That comes after many news organizations reported outbreaks at schools across the state but were unable to identify the schools.

The state will not only identify the schools where outbreaks have occurred, but will also list the number of infections at each school. An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed infections “with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household,” according the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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However, the state will only report on school-centered outbreaks once per week and will not report outbreaks at colleges and universities.

That has raised the ire of some parents and students as the number of infections has risen at some post-secondary institutions. Grand Valley State University has reported 93 new COVID-19 infections since last week. And Albion College is now reporting 152 infections since classes began.

You can read more at Bridge Michigan.

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