Michigan health departments are tracking 590 known coronavirus outbreaks, including 208 new outbreaks discovered over the last week and 382 ongoing clusters.
Among the new outbreaks were 45 associated with schools, 42 with long-term care facilitates, 16 with manufacturing and construction settings, and 14 each with social gatherings and office settings. The new cases were fairly spread out among the state’s eight regions, led by Region 3′s 40 outbreaks in northeast Michigan.
Clusters being tracked by local health departments are included in the state’s online outbreak tracker, which is updated weekly on Mondays. The Monday, Nov. 2, update included information collected for the seven days ending Thursday, Oct. 29.
An outbreak is generally defined as an instance in which two or more cases are linked by a place and time, indicating a shared exposure outside of a household. Other than K-12 schools and colleges, MDHHS is not identifying specific locations or the number of coronavirus cases.
However, the state is listing the information by the state’s eight health district regions. (Note those regions have different numbers than the MI Safe Start Plan.)
By region, the breakdown of clusters:
- Region 1 (Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Shiawassee counties): 25 new and 45 ongoing outbreaks. That includes 15 associated with long-term care facilities, 10 with K-12 schools, and six with religious services.
- Region 2N (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties): 21 new and 77 ongoing outbreaks. That includes 29 associated with long-term care facilities, 17 with K-12 schools, and 13 with healthcare settings.
- Region 2S (city of Detroit and Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties): 19 new and 49 ongoing clusters. That includes 17 associated with long-term care facilities, 11 with K-12 schools, and nine with manufacturing/construction.
- Region 3 (Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties): 40 new and 51 ongoing outbreaks. That includes 31 associated with long-term care facilities, 21 with K-12 schools, and five with religious services.
- Region 5 (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties): 20 new and 38 ongoing outbreaks. That includes 14 associated with K-12 schools, 13 with long-term care facilities, and 13 with manufacturing/construction.
- Region 6 (Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties): 34 new and 66 ongoing clusters. That includes 30 associated with K-12 schools, 22 with long-term care facilities, 10 with college communities, and five with restaurants.
- Region 7 (Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Presque Ilse, Cheboygan, Emmet and Charlevoix counties): 28 new and 14 ongoing clusters. That includes five associated with healthcare and five associated with long-term care facilities.
- Region 8 (Upper Peninsula): 21 new and 42 ongoing outbreaks. That includes 18 associated with K-12 schools, 13 with long-term care facilities, and five associated with social gatherings.
By category, the outbreaks totaled:
- 156 clusters (45 new and 111 ongoing) were linked to K-12 schools or college communities. Of those, 126 clusters were associated with K-12 schools, while the remainder were from colleges communities.
- 145 clusters (42 new and 103 ongoing) were at long-term care facilities, which include skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult day cares and group homes.
- 49 clusters (16 new and 33 ongoing) were linked to manufacturing or construction sites.
- 32 clusters (14 new and 18 ongoing) linked to private social gatherings, such as a wedding, funeral or party.
- 44 clusters (12 new and 32 ongoing,) were at health-care sites, which would include hospitals, medical and dental offices, dialysis centers and other facilities providing health-care services.
- 28 clusters (14 new and 14 ongoing) occurred in office settings.
- 26 clusters (18 new and eight ongoing) were linked to bars or restaurants.
- 24 clusters (11 new and 13 ongoing) were associated with religious services.
- 23 clusters (12 new and 11 ongoing) occurred at child-care centers or youth programs not associated with a school.
- 17 clusters (five new and 12 ongoing) at jails, prisons or detention centers.
- 16 clusters (eight new and eight ongoing) involved retail businesses. No customers were identified as cases.
- Five clusters at migrant camps or other agriculture workplaces, such as food-processing plants.
- Two clusters were linked to personal services, such as a hair and/or nail salon.
Outbreaks will be removed from the database if there are no additional cases through a 14-day period, state MDHHS officials have said.
State officials note that the chart does not provide a complete picture of outbreaks in Michigan, and an absence of identified outbreak in a particular setting is not evidence that the setting is not having outbreaks.
Michigan’s coronavirus surge continues as the Department of Health and Human Services reported 6,709 new cases and 17 new deaths between Sunday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 2.
The state’s seven-day average is up to 3,283 cases per day compared to 884 per day four weeks ago. It’s average deaths per day has climbed from 12 to 21 per day during that time.
As of Monday, there were 1,975 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases, which is a significant increase from the 941 hospitalizations reported three weeks ago.
For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here. To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test finder, here, send an email to COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
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