Schools in Macomb County reported 31 school-related COVID-19 cases to the state of Michigan last week, the third week of reporting under the state’s new data collection protocols.
On October 14, the state of Michigan began requiring school districts to report data on clusters and epidemics to county health departments, which then collect the data and submit it to the Department of Health and Human Resources. Michigan Social Services. Previously, the state had only requested data on epidemics. It now also requires cluster data.
The 31 cases last week were from seven different schools in seven different school districts, including:
â¢ Emerson Elementary School in Fraser, part of Fraser Public Schools, with nine cases of students and staff contracting the virus.
â¢ Huron Elementary School in Clinton Township, part of the Chippewa Valley Schools, with three students who contracted the virus.
â¢ Indian Hills Elementary School in Washington Township, part of the Romeo Community Schools, with three students and staff who contracted the virus.
â¢ Rodgers Elementary School in St. Clair Shores, part of Lake Shore Public Schools, with three students and staff who contracted the virus.
â¢ Holden Elementary School in Sterling Heights, part of the Warren Consolidated Schools, with four students and staff who contract the virus.
â¢ Utica High School in Utica, part of Utica Community Schools, with five students who contracted the virus.
â¢ Warren Woods Tower High School in Warren, part of Warren Woods Public Schools, with four students who contract the virus.
Oakland County reported 38 students and staff had contracted the virus, and Wayne County had 55.
According to the State of Michigan, a “K-12 school associated group is defined as an educational institution that has been found by its local health department to have multiple cases comprising at least 10% students, d ‘teachers or staff, in a specified unit group or at least three cases within a specified unit group meeting the criteria for a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with school with onset of symptoms or a positive test result within 14 days, and no known likely epidemiologic link to an out-of-school case. Cases of COVID-19 that may have shared exposure on school grounds and that come from different households are included. “
The key element in the definition of a cluster is that it has no connection with a case outside the school setting.
According to the state, “an outbreak associated with K-12 school is defined as an educational institution that has been found by its local health department to have multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers or staff. staff, in a specified core group or at least three cases within a specified core group meeting the criteria for a probable or confirmed school-associated COVID-19 case with onset of symptoms or a test result positive within 14 days; which have not been identified as close contact with each other in another setting (i.e. household) outside of the school setting; and epidemiologically related to school setting or school-sanctioned extracurricular activity. Cases of COVID-19 that may have shared exposure on school grounds and that originate from different households are included. The number of cases for outbreaks related to the school includes those associated with progra even before and after school (eg, school sponsored sports, etc.).
A classification of school-associated epidemics relies on confirmation of exposure links between cases, while a school-associated cluster classification takes into account cases where a definitive exposure link has not been established. been established. The state’s website said that as of September 27, âthe updated surveillance definitions will be applied in the future and will not be applied retrospectively to historical data. Clusters and outbreaks associated with K-12 school will be reported as a single aggregate number. “