School outbreaks steady as most schools move online

The total number of school-related infections has risen slightly two weeks after the state ordered most classes online.

There are currently 7,910 students and staff with COVID-19 infections tied to school outbreaks according to the latest report from the state of Michigan. That’s just 21 more than last week and marks a leveling off of infection numbers from previous weeks.

Two weeks ago, the state’s health department ordered a “pause” on in-person classes for every student in high school and college. Many K-8 classes also moved online due to the rise of infections throughout the state. However, it is still too early to tell if that order has led to the current state of school-related COVID-19 outbreaks.

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There are 35 new outbreaks and 224 ongoing outbreaks. The majority of infections have occurred at colleges and universities where 6,630 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Kalamazoo County is home three ongoing outbreaks: At Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Heritage Christian Academy. WMU has had 882 infections since it was added to the outbreak list on October 26.

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