COVID-19

9/20/21: State identifies 6 new outbreaks in county schools

Statewide school outbreaks have doubled. Positivity finally falling in Michigan.

Outbreaks: Six schools in Kalamazoo County are among those identified in the latest outbreak report from the state.

  • Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo
  • Hillside Middle School in Kalamazoo
  • Greenwood Elementary in Kalamazoo
  • Indian Prairie Elementary in Kalamazoo
  • Amberly Elementary in Portage
  • Schoolcraft High School in Schoolcraft

Each reported two or three infected students sometime last week. They’re added to ongoing outbreaks at Milwood Elementary in Kalamazoo, Gull Lake High School, and Heritage Christian Academy in Oshtemo.

Overall, school-based COVID-19 outbreaks have more than doubled in the past week in Michigan. More than 1,700 people have been infected.

Michigan: The state’s positivity rate has finally started to decline after months of increases. In the week ending Sunday, 8.75% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s just a small improvement over Saturday’s number, but an improvement nonetheless.

State health officials reported 7,185 new cases of the coronavirus over the course of Saturday through Monday. That caused the seven day average to rise to 2,772 new cases per day.

The state also reported 35 new deaths as a result of the virus, with nine coming from a review of previous death records. An average of 23.57 people have died each day over the past week.

Kalamazoo County: Health officials reported 152 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to Monday. That caused the county's seven day average to rise by three to 74.71 new cases per day.

There were no new deaths reported.

The county's positivity rate has been declining for longer and more rapidly that the state as a whole. In the week ending Sunday, 6.42% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county returned positive results. The positivity rate has been going down for most of the past month.