As COVID-19 outbreaks in schools increase in Michigan, they continue in Oakland County.
The two new COVID-19 outbreaks in Oakland County schools for the week of September 20-26 are the previous week’s total. The number of cases has increased from five to eight, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Cases statewide fell from 412 to 614 the week before. The 106 new statewide outbreaks were up from 98 outbreaks a week ago.
Schools in Oakland County with new outbreaks were Keller Elementary in Royal Oak and Holy Family Regional School in Rochester Hills. Each school had four cases among the students.
An outbreak, as defined by the state, is two or more cases that have shared exposure on school grounds and come from different households.
Eight Oakland County schools continue to have outbreaks: Avondale High School (four cases), Bloomfield Hills Marian High School (three cases), Troy High School (two cases), Cranbrook (two cases), Avondale GATE Magnet ( two outbreaks, 11 cases)), Walled Lake Western (two cases), Troy Athens (two cases) and Blanche Sims Elementary of Lake Orion (three cases among students and staff).
Ongoing outbreaks are those that had already been identified in the previous weeks but for which at least one new associated case was reported to the local health department in the past 28 days. Outbreaks will be removed from the list when there is no new confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 identified 28 days after the last known school exposure of a case.
The number of cases for school-related outbreaks includes those associated with before and after school programs (including school-sponsored sports). Where applicable, outbreak reports also include cases from on-campus and off-campus student housing.