9/27/21: School outbreaks rise again

The state begins using a new method of counting school outbreaks. The positivity rate is inching up in Kalamazoo.

Outbreaks: In the past week, 614 people have contracted COVID-19 in school outbreaks in Michigan. That’s 200 more than the previous week’s report, and comes even as the state has tightened up how it counts school-based outbreaks.

Previously, state heath officials defined an outbreak as any two people from different households contracting the coronavirus while at school. Beginning last week, the state has adopted a nationwide standard that is much more rigorous in determining what constitutes an outbreak. (The guidelines are somewhat complicated. You can read more about them here.)

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None of the new outbreaks were in Kalamazoo County, though six county schools are still classified as having ongoing outbreaks:

  • Gull Lake High School
  • Heritage Christian Academy in Oshtemo
  • Schoolcraft High School
  • Milwood Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, and Hillside Middle School in Kalamazoo

Michigan: The average of daily infections rose again in Michigan over the weekend.

State health officials reported 7,733 new cases of COVID-19 over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That boosted the seven day average to 2,842 new cases per day.

Meanwhile, COVID deaths are flat. The state reported 35 new deaths over the three-day period, with 13 coming from a review of previous death records. The seven day average was unmoved at 28.29 deaths per day.

The state’s positivity rate was also relatively flat over the weekend. In the week ending Sunday, 8.82% of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state returned positive results. That’s slightly higher than recent days, but still lower than a 9.3% peak two weeks ago.

Kalamazoo County: The positivity rate in Kalamazoo County has been inching slowly upward over the past few days. In the week ending Sunday, 7.59% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results. That has risen in fractions-of-a-percent over the previous four days.

Meanwhile, new infection numbers dropped by two on Monday. Health officials reported 136 new cases of the coronavirus over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That prompted the seven day average to drop to 67.14 new cases per day.

There were no new reported COVID-19 deaths.

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