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.”
CDC recommendations for areas at medium to high levels of society include the following:
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. If you have not received a first booster dose and are eligible, you can greatly reduce your risk of serious illness by getting a booster dose. A second booster dose, for those eligible, may further reduce the risk of infection.
- If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for serious illness, wear a well-fitting mask or respirator (KN95 or N95) while in indoor public spaces where you may be exposed, or consider avoiding these activities.
- If you have someone in your household or have other contact with a person at high risk for serious illness, consider wearing a mask while you are indoors with them and / or get tested before contact.
- Have a plan for quick testing, such as having home testing on hand or access to testing.
“While transmissions are rising rapidly, it is important to note that we are not in the same situation as we were last autumn with the Delta variant. The frequency of hospitalizations and deaths does not increase in line with infections that follow the pattern of what happened. in Europe before the United States, ”said Dan Thorell, interim health officer for the health department.
On May 17, the Northwest Michigan Department of Health reported that Otsego County had 5,810 COVID-19 cases and 101 deaths due to the disease. Pr. On May 10, Otsego County had 5,757 cases and 101 deaths.
Antrim County reported 4,494 cases and 66 deaths, while Charlevoix County had 5,049 cases and 60 deaths. Emmet County had 6,632 cases and 87 deaths.
On May 10, Antrim County reported 4,449 cases and 66 deaths, while Charlevoix County had 4,996 cases and 60 deaths. Emmet County had 6,574 cases and 87 deaths.
Statewide, Michigan had 2,501,863 confirmed and probable cases and 36,218 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The state reported 2,472,596 cases and 36,140 deaths on May 11th.