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COVID cases continue to surge in West Michigan

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By Sabrina Edwards

Following a large spike in COVID-19 cases, Michigan is currently under stricter COVID restrictions in hopes of flattening the curve. During the week of Nov. 9 through 15, schools also reported spikes in cases tied to their campuses.

Grand Rapids Community College reported 21 student cases and three employee cases. The total number of student cases is now 91 and 18 employee cases. As of Wednesday, all in-person classes have been moved to virtual learning for the three week shutdown. This could potentially affect the winter semester as well.

We haven’t made any final decisions to make any modifications for winter, but we will continue to monitor conditions,” stated Brian Knetl, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, in an email.

Grand Valley State University also reported a large spike in cases, with 317 active cases. There are 27 staff cases, 69 on-campus students, and 221 off-campus cases. GVSU’s current seven-day average is 29.71.

Michigan State University also reported high numbers, with 119 cases, putting the total cases just over 2,000 at 2,029. MSU currently has six students in isolation and 14 on-campus residents in quarantine. Since the Halloween weekend, the school has seen a steady increase in cases.

All high schools in Michigan have also been shut down for the next three weeks, however, grades K-8 are still meeting in-person.

According to Michigan’s Health and Human Services, Michigan has recorded the 6th highest number of cases in the U.S. They are also reporting that more than 15% of available inpatient beds are currently occupied by COVID patients. 

With the upcoming holiday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and medical professionals are urging people to celebrate it at their own homes with limited to no gathering. Whitmer is asking people to celebrate this holiday with only the people in their household in order to spend the next year’s gatherings, “together, alive.”