Increase in COVID-19 cases encourages renewal of indoor mask guidance
Increase in COVID-19 cases encourages renewal of indoor mask guidance

Increase in COVID-19 cases encourages renewal of indoor mask guidance

GAYLORD – Residents of several northern Michigan counties are being urged to wear a mask while indoors after a jump in COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Michigan, 16 counties, including Antrim, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Chippewa, now have “high” levels of society, a CDC rating designed to show where coronavirus cases have risen to the point where people are advised to wear masks indoors.

Charlevoix and Otsego counties are classified in the “medium” level. A week ago, both counties were in the “low” designation.

“Although it is still much lower than during the fall and winter, our hospitalization rates have also increased, and thus CDC community levels are now ‘medium’ and ‘high’ in our counties,” said Dr. Joshua Meyerson, medical director of the Northwest Michigan Department of Health, in a statement. “This is a good time to remind ourselves and society of remedial measures that should be considered.”

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