Michigan health officials report 14 coronavirus outbreaks at schools

Virus outbreaks at schools reported in 4 different regions of state

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Michigan health officials reported 14 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks at K-12 schools and universities as of Thursday, Aug. 20.

NEW Aug. 26, 2020: Michigan starts reporting data on COVID-19 outbreaks

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said the outbreaks are reported to them by local health departments. Here’s where the outbreaks are:

  • 1 in Region 1
  • 8 in Region 2S
  • 2 in Region 2N
  • 3 in Region 3

You can find the regions on the Michigan Emergency Preparedness Regions map here.

“Health departments will work closely with schools to make sure anyone who is at risk of exposure is notified and the proper procedures are in place. Parents whose children are at risk would always be notified,” reads a statement from the MDHHS. “Note that infectious disease outbreaks are not commonly announced to the media, unless there is broad risk to the general public and all people exposed cannot be notified.”

The health department said it has plans to publish outbreak data, including school outbreaks, at a regional level in the near future.

The MI Safe Schools: Return to Learn Roadmap provides actions to be taken if there is a case of COVID-19 in the school, including contact tracing and enhanced cleaning.

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