This pandemic just keeps on going as we start another month of its second year. School outbreaks, tracked weekly by the state, rise again in the tricounty Detroit area.
At least 102 students are among those newly diagnosed at 25 public and private schools -- up from at least 57 new Metro Detroit student cases at 15 buildings a week earlier.
The latest total of Covid-positive students could be several dozen higher because 52 cases from last week are in a combined category of staff and students. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have over one-quarter of the state's 592 new school "outbreak" cases, which refer to at least three cases in one building.
Monday's list has three Detroit schools:
♦ Central High in the Dexter-Linwood area, where 15 students were infected
♦ Bates Academy, an elementary school on Wyoming Avenue near 8 Mile, which reports 16 student cases
♦ Mumford High School on Wyoming Avenue reports 22 Covid cases
Riverside Middle School in Dearborn has the third-highest number -- a dozen new Covid patients among students and staff.
Eight other Wayne schools also have fresh clusters, with a total of 86 cases countywide since last Monday.
Oakland has 34 cases at 7 schools, plus four staff members affected at the Clarkston Schools Administrative Building. Macomb has 31 cases at seven public schools.
In addition to the two Detroit sites and one in Dearborn mentioned above, these local schools are listed:
- Canton Township: Liberty Middle School, 10 students
- Wayne Memorial High: 8 students
- Woodhaven: Yake Elementary, 6 pupils and staff
- Plymouth: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School, 6 elementary pupils
- Plymouth: West Middle School, 4 students
- Taylor High: 3 students and staff
- Canton Township: Discovery Middle School, 3 students
- Inkster: Hicks Elementary, 3 pupils
- Walled Lake: St. Williams Catholic School, 7 middle school students and 3 elementary pupils
- Madison Heights High: 6 cheer squad students
- Bloomfield Hills: Brookside Lower School (Cranbrook), 6 elementary pupils
- Troy: Morse Elementary, 3 pupils
- Wixom: Look Lake Elementary, 3 pupils
- Commerce Township: Walled Lake Western High, 3 students and staff
- Clarkston: Independence Elementary, 3 pupils and staff
- Fraser: Emerson Elementary, 9 students and staff
- Utica High: 5 students
- Sterling Heights: Holden Elementary: 4 pupils and staff
- Warren: Warren Woods Tower High, 4 students
- Clinton Township: Huron Elementary, 3 students
- Washington Township: Indian Hills Elementary: 3 pupils and staff
- St. Clair Shores: Rodgers Elementary: 3 pupils and staff
The Department of Health and Human Services' weekly list combines data for "outbreaks" and "clusters," which it defines this way: "A school-associated outbreak classification relies on confirming exposure linkages between cases, while a school-associated cluster classification accounts for cases where a definitive exposure linkage has not been established."