10/11/21: Outbreaks hit 2 schools in Portage

Hospitalizations pass 2K. Michigan one of five states where COVID is growing.

Outbreaks: Two schools in Kalamazoo County have been the site of school-based outbreaks of COVID-19, according to the latest outbreak report from the state.

Three children in Portage Public Schools’ Lake Center Elementary were confirmed to have COVID-19 last week. Three staff members contracted the virus at KRESA’s WoodsEdge Learning Center, also in Portage.

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Kalamazoo County also has four other ongoing outbreaks tied to schools in the area. That includes Hillside Middle and Greenwood Elementary in Kalamazoo, Heritage Christian Academy in Oshtemo, and Schoolcraft High School.

In all, there were 83 new school outbreaks in the latest report – fewer than last week, though new infection numbers are higher.

The state estimates that nearly 400 children are contracting COVID-19 each day, with most infections coming from school.

Michigan: More than 2,000 people are being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals in the state – the highest that number has been since May. As of Monday, 2,145 hospital patients had confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

The coronavirus seems to be surging again in Michigan. State health officials reported 9,137 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday. That pushed the seven day average up to 3,603 new cases per day.

Meanwhile, the average of new deaths from the coronavirus has declined for now. The state reported 36 new deaths over the three-day period, with half coming from a review of previous death records. That put the seven day average at 30 deaths per day – almost four less than it was on Friday.

Kalamazoo County: New infection numbers fell slightly in Kalamazoo County over the weekend.

Health officials reported 186 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That pushed the seven day average down by almost three to 85.71 new cases per day.

No new deaths were reported, but a reassessment of death records reduced the county's total by one. Two people have died from the coronavirus in the past week.

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