Northern Michigan County now has a high level of COVID; Residents there should mask themselves, CDC says

Grand Traverse County, northwestern Michigan, is now at a high level of COVID-19, which means there is potential for stress in the health care system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. of the USA.

Residents there should wear masks indoors and in public and while on public transportation, and those at high risk for serious illness should consider taking extra precautions, the CDC advises.

Michigan has not had a high-level county since March, and many have stopped covering their faces at school, grocery stores and other busy places. As the winter omicron swell slowed, the CDC adjusted its assessment in February, looking at regional hospital data instead of just new cases per capita or positive test percentages.

Grand Traverse County recorded 12 new admissions of confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the seven days ending Tuesday, May 3rd. It also had more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the same period.

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In addition, Clinton, Livingston, Wayne, Macomb and Monroe counties went from low green to yellow this week. Washtenaw and Oakland counties remain yellow. Southeast Michigan has been hardest hit by the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, but most areas are experiencing increases. Marquette County on the Upper Peninsula has also been updated this week from low to medium level.

Only at the orange level does the CDC recommend that people wear masks. People with symptoms, a positive text message, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask regardless of where they live, the CDC says.

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When new cases were analyzed for every 100,000 people during the seven days that ended Wednesday, the last day Michigan updated its numbers, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston, Marquette and Monroe counties were among the top 10.

The counties of Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Wayne were very close to meeting the high-level criteria. They were seeing 9.6 new confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals per 100,000 people in the seven days ending Tuesday. If the rate goes up to 10, they will be orange, assuming their COVID-19 rates remain the same or increase.

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The northeastern part of the country continues to have the highest average daily cases per capita. Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey lead the country. Maine, New York, Vermont, Delaware, and Washington, DC also had one of the highest hospitalization rates in the United States.

In Michigan, hospitals were at about 79% of their capacity earlier this week. Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center had about 79% of its beds filled.

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

As of April 27, there were 604 adult and 30 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases. This included 28 with fans and 78 adults in intensive care.

Meanwhile, about 12.4% of tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the seven days ending Wednesday. The previous week, 8.8% of the tests were positive.

The idea is to mark prevention strategies when communities suffer from serious illnesses and reduce them when the situation is more stable, the CDC said of its COVID assessments to the community.

Not all counties in Michigan or the United States have a hospital, so each is assigned a health care area, a geographic region that contains at least one hospital. Counties in each division are assigned metrics calculated for the entire area and weighted based on the population in each county, a CDC spokesman said earlier.

Michigan has 83 counties and 25 health service areas, three of which extend beyond state boundaries, according to the CDC.

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