Michigan lists 111 new coronavirus outbreaks, 625 ongoing clusters in February 15 report

The Michigan State Department of Health has reported 111 new coronavirus outbreaks over the past week in more than 14 different settings, including long-term care facilities, manufacturing and construction sites, and K-12 schools.

The new COVID-19 outbreaks were in addition to the 625 ongoing clusters that had been noted in previous outbreak reports released on Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. To date, officials are monitoring 736 active outbreaks, down about 6.5% from the previous week.

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. MDHHS updated it is online epidemic tracker Monday February 15, with data as recent as Thursday February 11.

Outside of K-12 schools and colleges, the MDHHS does not identify specific locations or the number of coronavirus cases.

Related: 87 people infected in new coronavirus outbreaks in 20 schools, Michigan School Outbreak Report from Feb.15

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): 119 clusters, with 14 new ones and 105 ongoing outbreaks.
  • Region 2N (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties): 103 clusters, with 29 new outbreaks and 74 ongoing outbreaks.
  • Region 2S (Cities of Detroit and Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties): 107 clusters, with 15 new outbreaks and 92 ongoing outbreaks.
  • Region 3 (Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties): 141 clusters, 11 new ones and 130 ongoing outbreaks.
  • Region 5 (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties): 56 clusters, 11 new ones and 45 ongoing outbreaks.
  • Region 6 (Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties): 108 clusters, with 13 new ones and 95 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): 87 clusters, with 15 new and 72 outbreaks in progress.
  • Region 8 (Upper Peninsula): 15 clusters, with three new outbreaks and 12 ongoing.

By category, the households total:

  • 301 clusters (26 new and 275 ongoing) in long-term care facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, adult daycares and group homes.
  • 134 clusters (22 new and 112 ongoing) were linked to K-12 schools or college communities. A total of 109 outbreaks were in K-12 schools, and the rest were on or around college campuses.
  • 86 clusters (18 new and 68 ongoing) were linked to manufacturing or construction sites.
  • 41 groups (eight new and 33 ongoing) were in health care centers, which would include hospitals, doctor’s and dental offices, dialysis centers and other facilities providing health services.
  • 35 clusters (four new and 31 ongoing) involved retail businesses.
  • 25 clusters (eight new and 17 ongoing) in office environments.
  • 23 clusters (one new and 22 ongoing) in migrant camps or other agricultural workplaces, such as food processing factories.
  • 22 clusters (three new and 19 ongoing) occurred in daycares or non-school youth programs.
  • 10 clusters (four new and six ongoing) related to private social gatherings, such as a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • 10 groups (five new and five ongoing) associated with religious services.
  • Eight clusters (two new and six ongoing) were linked to shelters or facilities that provide services to people who are homeless.
  • Four clusters (three new and one ongoing) were linked to bars or restaurants. All cases were associated with employees.
  • Two ongoing clusters were related to personal services, such as a hair and / or nail salon, or a spa or gym.
  • A group was linked to an indoor community event, such as a meeting or concert.

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 conduct 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.

To find a testing site near you, visit the state online test search, here, email [email protected] or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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