Northern Michigan County now has high COVID levels; Residents must wear masks, the CDC said

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Grand Travers County in northwestern Michigan now has high COVID-19 levels, which could put a strain on the health care system.

Residents should wear masks at home, in public places, and on public transportation, and people at risk of serious illness should take extra precautions, the CDC advises.

Michigan has not had a high-level county since March, and many have stopped covering their faces at schools, grocery stores and other vacant lots. Because the winter omicron swelled, the CDC adjusted prices in February by looking at regional hospital data instead of the percentage of new cases or positive tests per capita.

In the seven days leading up to Tuesday, May 3, 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported per 100,000 people in Grand Travers County. At the same time, more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people were registered.

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In addition, Clinton, Livingston, Wayne, Macomb and Monroe counties went from green to yellow this week. Washtenav and Auckland counties remain yellow. Southeastern Michigan has been hit hard by the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, but growth has been observed in most areas. Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula also rose from low to medium this week.

The CDC recommends that people wear masks only at the orange level. People with symptoms, positive text or COVID-19 should wear a mask regardless of where they live, the CDC says.

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As it looked at 100,000 new cases in the seven days that ended Wednesday, Michigan updated its numbers on the final day, with Washington, Auckland, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston, Marquette and Monroe counties in the top 10.

Auckland, Macomb, Livingston, Washington, and Wayne County were very close to the high-level criteria. In the seven days that ended Tuesday, they saw 9.6 newly confirmed COVID-19 patients per 100,000 people in hospitals. If the value rises to 10, their COVID-19 value will remain the same or increase, and they will turn orange.

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The north-east of the country has the highest average daily per capita income. Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are ahead in the country. Maine, New York, Vermont, and Delaware also had one of the highest enrollment rates in the United States.

Hospitals in Michigan had a capacity of about 79% earlier this week. Munson Medical Center in Travers City is about 79% full of its beds.

As of Wednesday, hospitals across the state are treating 708 adults and 29 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. Thirty-two are on ventilators and 94 adults are in intensive care.

On April 27, 604 adults and 30 pediatric patients were confirmed or suspected cases. Of these, 28 are in the ventilator and 78 adults are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, in the seven days ended Wednesday, tests for SARS-CoV-2 were approximately 12.4% positive. Last week, 8.8% of tests were positive.

The idea is to dial out prevention strategies when communities are seriously ill and talk about the CDC community’s COVID assessments when the situation is more stable.

There are no hospitals in Michigan or in any state in the United States, so each is assigned a geographic area that includes at least one hospital. The districts within each department have indicators calculated for the entire region and measured based on the population of each district, a CDC spokesman said earlier.

According to the CDC, Michigan has 83 counties and 25 health care zones, three of which are located outside the state.

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