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Dr. Khaldun: High school students made up for 49% of current COVID cases being investigated

Dr. Khaldun: High schooler students made up for 49% of schools' current COVID cases
Posted at 5:54 AM, Nov 16, 2020

State health leaders joined Gov. Whitmer in announcing new restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus over the next three weeks.

“The entire state is seeing an alarming increase in cases. COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire,” MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said during Sunday evening's press conference.

Over that time, high schools are now required to move to remote learning.

Khaldun said that within Michigan schools, high school students make up an overwhelming portion of positive cases. Out of 200 outbreaks currently being investigated in the state, high schoolers make up 49% of those positive cases.

With 980 total outbreaks in the state currently being investigated, almost 2/3 of individual cases are associated with high schoolers, Khaldun said.

When Gov. Whitmer was asked why middle and elementary students weren't included in the three-week, temporary restriction, the governor stated that ultimately individual districts have the power to implement remote learning for lower grades. The reasoning behind focusing on high school is because congregating older students tend to be more at risk of spreading the virus. Older students are able to learn easier, compared to younger grades, while doing online work, she added.