LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan remains at the coronavirus plateau Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described last week with new case counts around 500 to 600 per day.
While Michigan’s coronavirus situation remains better than other states with stable daily increases, she has no plans to remove the State of Emergency that allows many of her orders aimed at preventing the illness from spreading.
Whitmer said the State of Emergency may remain in place until a vaccine is approved and widely distributed in Michigan. But she pledged to watch coronavirus trends and she wouldn’t rule out removing the State of Emergency is illness levels plummet.
“As long as COVID is prevalent in such numbers, at any moment we could have an outbreak that could contribute to community spread and change our fortunes really fast,” Whitmer said.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 616 newly confirmed cases of the illness and nine deaths on Wednesday. The state now has confirmed a total of 94,278 cases of coronavirus and 6,349 deaths attributed to the illness.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, who is Michigan’s chief medical executive, said most new cases in the state now are related to localized outbreaks. Health departments investigated 85 new outbreaks last week, mostly related to long-term care facilities, social gatherings, offices, agriculture and food processing centers and manufacturing plans.
“Do not think you are going to somehow outsmart this virus,” Khaldun said. “If you try to sneak and you have large gatherings and you don’t social distance and you don’t wear your mask, there’s a good chance you are going to come in contact with some who has the disease.”
She reiterated that anyone with COVID-19 can spread it rapidly, which could lead to a serious illness.
“If you’re lucky, you get to keep your life and you don’t die. But even if you live, there are many people that have long-term health consequences,” Khaldun said.
She said new coronavirus cases are increasing the fastest in the Detroit region on the MI Safe Start map, but most of those cases are occurring in the suburban areas and not in the city of Detroit. The region saw an average of 61 new cases per million residents daily over the past couple weeks.
The Saginaw region was the second highest at 54 new cases per million residents daily, followed by the Kalamazoo region at 50 new cases per million people daily, the Upper Peninsula at 47 new cases per million residents per day and the Grand Rapids region at 34 cases per million residents.
The Lansing, Jackson and Traverse City regions all remain at fewer than 30 new cases per million residents daily.
Despite a one-month low in coronavirus testing statewide so far this week, Khaldun said the state still completed an average of 28,000 tests per day over the past two weeks. That means state health officials are reaching their goal of testing 2% of the population every week.
The number of tests rebounded on Tuesday with nearly 33,000 completed in Michigan. The percentage of positive tests remained below 3% on Tuesday, marking the first two-day stretch of fewer than 3% of coronavirus tests coming back positive since July 4 and 5.
“When you’re testing enough and only a small percent of those tests is coming back positive … that’s a really good sign that the spread of the disease is under control,” Khaldun said.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 657 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus illnesses on Tuesday. Of those, 80 were on ventilators and 169 were being treated in an intensive care unit.
Here are totals for Mid-Michigan counties based on Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and local health department figures with the change from Tuesday:
Me Here....Notice that the rate is per million instead of raw numbers. Most counties have less than a million people, this inflates the number to make it look worse than it is.
How many of these deaths are from nursing homes the governor ordered infected? That should be a murder charge! So much for the Democrats caring for the old people!
Our Komrade Governor will continue to rule by executive order until she is either removed from office of the 1945 law she is abusing is repealed!
She had gone completely power mad!
And if you think that if China Joe Biden gets power, his puppet masters won't have him doing the same crap to the entire nation? Think again!