School outbreaks double in Michigan

The state reported three school outbreaks in Kalamazoo County in its latest weekly report.

There have been 71 new outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools in Michigan according to the latest weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. That’s more than double the number counted last week.

In total, there are 114 new and ongoing outbreaks in schools in the state. Two or more people have to have been exposed to the coronavirus in school to be considered an outbreak. People exposed outside of school aren’t counted.

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Three of the new outbreaks were reported in Kalamazoo County.

Three students were infected at Gull Lake High School. There were two students infected in an outbreak at Milwood Elementary School in Kalamazoo. And four people – including staff and students – were infected in an outbreak at Heritage Christian Academy in Oshtemo.

Students and staff at all schools in Kalamazoo County are required to wear masks while indoors. That’s due to a countywide mandate issued by the county’s health officer last month.

[MLive, Michigan Advance]

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