Michigan lists 139 new coronavirus outbreaks, 648 ongoing clusters in February 8 report
The Michigan State Department of Health reported 139 new coronavirus outbreaks in the past week, including 31 related to long-term care facilities and 29 related to K-12 schools.
The new outbreaks were in addition to the 648 ongoing clusters that appeared in the Department of Health and Human Services’ previous weekly outbreak reports. In total, health officials are tracking 787 active outbreaks in total, which is a decrease of about 9% from a week ago.
An outbreak is generally defined as an instance in which two or more cases are linked by location and time, indicating shared exposure outside of a household. New outbreaks increased nearly 19% week-on-week, while total active outbreaks climbed less than 2%.
The clusters monitored by the local health services are included in the online epidemic tracker, which is updated weekly on Monday. The latest data, which is dated Thursday, February 4, was released on Monday, February 8.
With some K-12 schools and universities resuming in-person learning in recent weeks, school-related outbreaks increased 87% in two weeks, from 70 to 131 known clusters.
Outside of K-12 schools and colleges, the MDHHS does not identify specific locations or the number of coronavirus cases.
However, it lists the information by the eight health district regions of the state. (Note that these regions have different numbers than the MI Safe Start plan.)
By region, the distribution of clusters:
- Region 1 (Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Shiawassee counties): 129 clusters, with 22 new ones and 107 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 2N (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties): 127 clusters, with 43 new outbreaks and 84 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 2S (Cities of Detroit and Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties): 109 clusters, with 16 new outbreaks and 93 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 3 (Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties): 150 clusters, with 12 new ones and 138 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 5 (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties): 58 clusters, 10 new and 48 outbreaks in progress.
- Region 6 (Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties): 116 clusters, with 15 new ones and 101 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 7 (Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Presque Ilse, Cheboygan, Emmet and Charlevoix): clusters, with 16 new and 66 outbreaks In progress.
- Region 8 (Upper Peninsula): 16 clusters, with five new outbreaks and 11 ongoing outbreaks.
By category, the households total:
- 330 clusters (31 new and 299 ongoing) in long-term care facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, adult day care centers and group homes. This is a decrease of 15% compared to the previous week.
- 131 clusters (32 new and 99 ongoing) were linked to K-12 schools or college communities. A total of 120 outbreaks were in K-12 schools, and the rest were on or around college campuses. Total school outbreaks are up almost 25% from last week.
- 93 clusters (21 new and 72 ongoing) were related to manufacturing or construction sites.
- 52 groups (14 new and 38 ongoing) were in health care centers, which would include hospitals, doctor’s and dental offices, dialysis centers and other facilities providing health services.
- 37 clusters (three new and 34 ongoing) involved retail businesses. This is a decrease of 36% compared to the previous week.
- 25 clusters (seven new and 18 ongoing) in office environments.
- 24 clusters (10 new and 14 ongoing) occurred in daycares or non-school youth programs.
- 15 groups (five new and 10 ongoing) related to private social gatherings, such as a wedding, funeral or party.
- 15 clusters (three new, 12 ongoing) in migrant camps or other agricultural workplaces, such as food processing factories.
- 11 groups (two new and nine ongoing) associated with religious services.
- Seven clusters (two new and five ongoing) were linked to shelters or facilities that provide services to people who are homeless.
- Three clusters (two new and one ongoing) were linked to bars or restaurants. All cases were associated with employees.
- Two groups were linked to indoor community events, such as meetings or concerts.
- One current group was related to personal services, such as a hair and / or nail salon, or a spa or gym.
Outbreaks will be removed from the database if there are no additional cases in a 14-day period, MDHHS officials said.
State officials note that the graph does not provide a full picture of outbreaks in Michigan, and that an absence of an outbreak identified in a particular setting does not prove that the setting is not experiencing outbreaks.
“Many factors, including the lack of the ability to perform effective contact tracing in certain settings, can lead to significant underreporting of outbreaks,” the state’s website read.
Below is an interactive map showing the new and ongoing school outbreaks listed in the February 8 report. You can hover your cursor over a point to see the underlying data.
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