Kalamazoo Schools Still Struggle With COVID-19 Outbreaks
With the exception of “summer school” programs, Michigan K-12 schools are closed for summer vacation. Most state colleges are in the same type of downtime as they prepare for the fall semester classes to open for the 2021-2022 academic year.
But some schools and colleges remain under the watchful eye of state health administrators. They are noted by the Michigan Health and Human Services Department as sites of ongoing outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.
Kalamazoo County is one of the focal points for ongoing virus cases with no less than two K-12 public schools and two colleges on watch for cases of the virus that just won’t go away. At least not yet.
Western Michigan University first appeared on the state’s virus management list last fall and has remained there ever since, listed as the site of an ongoing virus outbreak. The latest reports from the state’s health and social services department indicate that 930 students and staff are involved in the ongoing outbreak there. This is the largest school outbreak seen in the state. Kalamazoo College, on the other hand, is also on the list with 39 students and staff being monitored. Portage Central Elementary School has 23 people involved in an outbreak, with just 2 people involved in Gilden Woods preschool and preschool care in Kalamazoo.
Constantine High School also remains on the state’s virus watch list this week. Two Jackson County high schools remain on the list. They are Lumen Christi and Hanover Horton.
The state publishes on its school reports page that conditions may in fact be worse, but reporting difficulties remain: âMany factors, including the lack of capacity to conduct effective contact tracing in some settings, may result in underreporting of epidemics. This information does not provide a complete picture of school-related epidemics in Michigan, and the absence of identified epidemics at an educational institution does not in any way provide evidence that, in fact, that school is not experiencing a ‘epidemic. “