COVID-19 Outbreaks Decrease 24% in Michigan, June 7 Report Says
Michigan identified 29 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week, continuing a recent downward trend in clusters alongside cases, hospitalizations and positive test rates.
The Department of Health and Human Services is also tracking 494 ongoing outbreaks from previous weekly reports. Together, the state is aware of 523 active outbreaks, a drop of 24.4% from the previous week, when there were 642 of those clusters.
Of the new groups, eight were reported from K-12 schools, while seven were from manufacturing / construction sites and six were from long-term care facilities. These three parameters are also the highest for the current clusters, with 142, 113 and 103 respectively.
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 epidemic tracking, which is updated weekly on Monday with data through the previous Thursday.
Outside of K-12 schools and colleges, the MDHHS does not identify specific locations or the number of coronavirus cases. However, it lists information by eight health district regions in the state. (Note that these regions have different numbers than the MI Safe Start plan.)
Saginaw region (3) leads all other regions in terms of active epidemics, followed by Lansing region (1) and Traverse City region (7).
By region, the distribution of clusters:
- Region 1 (Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Shiawassee counties): 85 clusters, with four new outbreaks and 81 ongoing.
- Region 2N (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties): 46 clusters, with two new outbreaks and 42 ongoing.
- Region 2S (City of Detroit and Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties): 31 groups, all ongoing.
- Region 3 (Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties): 170 clusters, with nine new outbreaks and 161 ongoing outbreaks.
- Region 5 (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties): 48 clusters, with four new outbreaks and 44 ongoing.
- Region 6 (Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties): 47 clusters, with two new outbreaks and 45 ongoing.
- Region 7 (Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Presque Ilse, Cheboygan, Emmet and Charlevoix counties): 66 clusters, including six new and 60 ongoing epidemics.
- Region 8 (Upper Peninsula): 32 clusters, with two new epidemics and 30 in progress.
By category, the households totaled:
- 163 groups (eight new and 155 ongoing) in K-12 schools or colleges. A total of 150 outbreaks involved K-12 schools, and the rest were on or around college campuses.
- 119 groups (six new and 113 ongoing) in long-term care facilities, which include qualified nursing and assisted living facilities, adult day care centers and group homes.
- 110 clusters (seven new and 103 ongoing) were linked to manufacturing or construction sites.
- 26 clusters (two new and 24 ongoing) involved retail businesses.
- 17 clusters (three new and 14 ongoing) occurred in daycares or non-school youth programs.
- 12 clusters (all ongoing) were linked to bars or restaurants.
- 12 clusters (one new and 11 ongoing) were at health care sites, which would include hospitals, doctor’s and dental offices, dialysis centers and other facilities providing health services.
- 11 clusters (all in progress) in the offices.
- 10 groups (all ongoing) in migrant camps or other agricultural workplaces, such as food processing factories.
- Nine clusters (all ongoing) related to private social gatherings, such as a wedding, funeral or party.
- Nine clusters (all ongoing) in prisons and prisons.
- Seven clusters (all ongoing) in shelters for the homeless and others.
- Four clusters (all ongoing) related to personal services, such as a hair and / or manicure salon, or a gym or spa.
- Four clusters (one new and three ongoing) associated with religious services.
- Two ongoing clusters related to indoor community exhibition like concert, meeting etc.
Outbreaks will be removed from the database if there are no additional cases within a 14-day period, state officials from the MDHHS said.
State officials note that the graph does not provide a full picture of outbreaks in Michigan, and the absence of an outbreak identified in a particular setting does not prove that the setting does not have 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.
Michigan reported 419 new cases and 11 new deaths for Sunday and Monday, June 6 and 7. The state is averaging less than 375 cases per day over the past week – an average that is down from its peak in mid-April.
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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