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MDHHS to Begin Posting School Outbreak Information Today- Includes School Names and Case Numbers
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:22:55 EDT
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On Monday, in an effort to provide accurate and timely information about COVID-19 in Michigan schools, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will begin reporting outbreak information by school building.
Data on COVID-19 outbreaks is being collected from the 45 local health departments across the state weekly. A COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.
"Parents and students should know that if their school is listed, their local health department and school are already investigating. Based on that investigation, people are contacted individually if they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 at school," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. "Michigan schools are working hard to maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education."
The information being posted on the website
today and each Monday at 3 p.m., will include K-12, college and university school name, address, number of cases and if the cases involved staff, students or both.
Students or staff exposed to COVID-19 outside the school building and are not thought to have spread the virus in the school due to quarantine or self-isolation are not included in the data.
We will provide an update if any Thumb Area Schools experience an outbreak. Today's Thumb Area COVID-19 Update will be delayed due to a technical difficutly with the website.