Coronavirus outbreaks continue to decline in Michigan, May 10 report says
Michigan added 178 new coronavirus outbreaks last week, most of which were reported in K-12 schools, manufacturing / construction sites, and long-term care facilities.
The new clusters, combined with 1,065 ongoing outbreaks, brought the state’s total number of active outbreaks to 1,243, according to data in the Monday May 10 report. That’s a drop of about 2.7% over the past two weeks.
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. Clusters tracked by local health departments are included in the state’s online outbreak tracking, which is updated weekly on Monday with data through the previous Thursday.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools reported 67 new outbreaks, followed by manufacturing / construction sites and long-term care facilities with 24 groups each. Retail establishments accounted for 14, as did child care / youth programs.
Related: 176 people infected in new coronavirus outbreaks in 57 schools, according to the May 10 outbreak report in Michigan schools
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.)
Four regions – 1, 5, 7 and 8 – reported an increase in outbreaks, while the other four regions noted decreases.
By region, the distribution of clusters:
- Region 1 (Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Shiawassee counties): 181 clusters, with 20 new ones and 161 ongoing outbreaks. This represents a 1.7% increase in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 2N (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair Counties): 267 clusters, 52 new outbreaks and 215 ongoing outbreaks. This represents an 8.2% decrease in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 2S (cities of Detroit and Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties): 129 clusters, with 20 new ones and 109 ongoing outbreaks. This represents a 5.1% decrease in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 3 (Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties): 191 clusters, 21 new ones and 170 ongoing outbreaks. This represents a 13.2% decrease in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 5 (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties): 64 clusters, 13 new ones and 51 ongoing outbreaks. This represents a 44.5% increase in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 6 (Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties): 256 clusters, with 20 new and 236 hatching ongoing. This represents a 7.6% decrease in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 7 (Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Presque Ilse, Cheboygan, Emmet and Charlevoix): 109 clusters, including 20 new and 89 ongoing outbreaks. This represents a 22.5% increase in active clusters from the previous week.
- Region 8 (Upper Peninsula): 46 clusters, with 12 new outbreaks and 34 ongoing. This represents a 9.5% increase in active clusters from the previous week.
By category, the households total:
- 364 clusters (67 new and 297 ongoing) in K-12 schools or colleges. A total of 345 outbreaks were in K-12 schools, and the rest were on or around college campuses.
- 244 clusters (24 new and 220 ongoing) were linked to manufacturing or construction sites.
- 180 clusters (24 new and 156 ongoing) in long-term care facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, adult daycares and group homes.
- 111 clusters (14 new and 97 ongoing) involved retail businesses.
- 73 clusters (14 new and 59 ongoing) occurred in daycares or non-school youth programs.
- 72 clusters (11 new and 61 ongoing) were linked to bars or restaurants.
- 55 clusters (five new and 50 ongoing) in office environments.
- 35 groups (seven new and 28 ongoing) were in health care centers, which would include hospitals, doctor’s and dental offices, dialysis centers and other facilities providing health services.
- 25 clusters (four new and 21 ongoing) related to private social gatherings, such as a wedding, funeral or party.
- 14 groups (one new and 13 ongoing) in migrant camps or other agricultural workplaces, such as food processing factories.
- 14 groups (all ongoing) associated with religious services.
- 14 poles (two new and 12 in progress) linked to personal services, such as a hairdressing and / or manicure salon, or a gym or a spa.
- 13 groups (all ongoing) in prisons and prisons.
- Five groups (all ongoing) in shelters for the homeless and others.
- Two ongoing clusters related to outdoor community exhibition such as concert, rally, demonstration, parade etc.
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 complete 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.
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, email [email protected] or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
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