By Sabrina Edwards
With Michigan’s seven-day average cases jumping to 1,129 new cases a day from 885, state health officials are saying that this is a ‘concerning jump.’ This is impacting many schools around the area as well.
Kent County is now averaging 134 cases in a seven-day period. This is the highest it has been since the pandemic began.
“It’s very concerning because we don’t know how high it’s going to go,” said Kent County Health Director Adam London to MLive.
Grand Rapids Community College reported another spike in cases over the week of Oct. 5 through 11. The total number of cases for students is 33 for the semester, with eight being from this past week. Two more faculty cases were reported, bringing the semester total to four.
K-12 schools are also being impacted by the virus. Parchment School District middle and high school will be shut down after three positive cases, one student and one staff at the high school, and one staff member at the middle school. Tri County will be shutting down their bus system until Oct. 26.
Rockford freshman center and high school are also going virtual. Instruction will be going virtual until Oct. 23. This is coming after 416 students had to quarantine and 17 had to go into self-isolation after testing positive, according to Rockford Public Schools.
Grand Valley State University currently has 34 active cases tied to their campus, putting their total number of cases at 984. Most of GVSU cases have been off-campus, 705 of their total cases are off-campus students in Ottawa County. GVSU’s on-campus cases total 113, currently.
Michigan State University is also still seeing high numbers reported. The school reported 49 cases, totalling 1,614 since July 27. MSU currently has three on-campus students in isolation and 10 in quarantine.
With the executive orders being overturned by Michigan’s Supreme Court, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reinstated some of those orders as emergency epidemic orders. All of the orders are available online to read.
These orders include gathering-size, mask-related orders, work-related orders, and school and care facility orders. Mainly, masks will still be required in public spaces.
“As we work with the governor, we will assess whether to extend or change the orders,” MDHHS spokesperson Lynn Sutfin said in an email to MLive. “We will base the need for these orders on the assessment of the epidemic itself: the nature of the virus’ spread and progress made in our response.”
With the flu season approaching, there are concerns about cases rising due to the symptoms being so similar. GRCC is still asking anyone with symptoms to stay home, even if it is just the flu.