Biggest new COVID outbreak in Michigan schools centered at Forest Hills Central High

2 dozen students and staff tested positive
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Posted at 2:09 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 14:09:30-05

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The latest data from the state on COVID cases connected to schools shows that a West Michigan high school has the largest new outbreak.

Forest Hills Central High School moved to completely virtual learning in early February when 13 students tested positive for coronavirus. Now information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows 24 students and staff from the high school are COVID positive.

The outbreak is the largest of the new reports released this week.

Michigan follows CDC guidelines in determining what constitutes an outbreak. Just two confirmed cases at a school are enough to earn the title.

Other schools in West Michigan reporting new outbreaks are Westlake Elementary School in Battle Creek, Black River Public School in Holland, Cityside Middle School in Zeeland, and Jenison Christian School in Jenison.

The number of COVID cases in these new outbreaks are well-behind the on-going outbreaks across the state. Thousands of students and staff at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Grand Valley State University have tested positive.

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