This week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced 30 new COVID-19 outbreaks at Michigan schools, bringing the total to 127 outbreaks.

From week to week, the total schools experiencing outbreaks has grown by 7, up from 120 total schools last week.  The new schools added to the list this week are from counties all across the state.  The positive cases in the schools are from both students and staff, with the largest outbreak being 10 positive cases.

The new outbreaks are from 6 pre-school and elementary schools, 7 junior high or middle schools, 16 high schools, and 1 university.  Overall, the majority of the outbreaks are in high schools, but the largest outbreaks are still affecting colleges and universities.

While a few of the 127 outbreaks have been ongoing since September 14th, most are from the last few weeks.  And as the fall quickly turns into winter, the outbreaks have become more frequent and will likely continue to be commonplace.

As always, it's hard to tell whether there are more students or staff infected.  The way the state reports the positive cases is only whether they are from students, staff, or both.  So, if there are 10 cases at a school and it affects both students and staff (listed as both), it does not determine how many cases are from students vs staff.

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