EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – The Ingham County Health Department has identified another 11 large houses in East Lansing with known exposure to COVID-19. Those currently living in these properties have been ordered to quarantine immediately for the next two weeks. A total of 39 large houses are now under mandatory quarantine.
Two houses were previously removed from the list for further investigation.
Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail ordered the quarantine through an emergency order on Thursday afternoon. The new order allows additional properties to be added to the mandatory quarantine list as needed.
“The current situation affects me deeply for MSU and the East Lansing communities,” says Vail. “In addition, our inability to limit this extremely high level of transmission will adversely affect other communities, services and companies in the county. Ingham County has the highest COVID-19 risk in the entire state of Michigan. We are really in a crisis situation, especially in East Lansing. We must do everything we can to limit the outbreak. ”
The city of East Lansing has experienced an increase of 315 percent in the total number of cases since September 1. The increase in cases is almost entirely driven by an outbreak among MSU students.
The quarantine properties include 25 fraternity and sorority houses and 14 large rental houses. The quarantine was extended by three days for a fraternity and four sororities due to new cases and or exposures.
The health department will continuously monitor the situation. WILX will also keep you updated.
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