DETROIT – With an uptick of coronavirus cases across the state, there’s concern about outbreaks developing in schools.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requires K-12 schools to report new cases within 24 hours, according to an emergency order that went into effect last Monday.
Twenty-six schools across the state reported new outbreaks. The highest is 21 cases at Kalamazoo College.
The state considers an outbreak as two or more cases at a school, where infected people may have had shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households.
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More than 80 schools across the state are dealing with ongoing outbreaks.
“This virus is still a very real threat all across the state of Michigan. If we drop our guard, we’re going to see a community spread, and we’re already seeing that a bit,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan has topped 136,000.
More than 6,800 people have died, and more than 104,000 have recovered.
Monday’s two-day total was 1,809 cases and seven deaths, making the seven-day average the highest since early April.
For the first time since late July, Michigan’s risk level for an outbreak was upgraded from medium to high risk.
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