Residents of 22 counties in Michigan should mask as COVID-19 numbers rise and hospital admissions rise
Residents of 22 counties in Michigan should mask as COVID-19 numbers rise and hospital admissions rise

Residents of 22 counties in Michigan should mask as COVID-19 numbers rise and hospital admissions rise

There are now 22 counties in Michigan at a high COVID-19 level, according to hospital and case data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and updated Thursday night. Residents in these areas should mask while indoors and in public, the CDC says.

Last week, there were 16 counties at the highest of three levels established in February by the CDC. Only three counties fell off the list. Calhoun County, home of Battle Creek, went from high-level orange last week to low-level green, and Emmet County at the head of the Lower Peninsula and Manistee County in northwestern Michigan was downgraded to medium-level.

Added to the list this week are: Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta and Marquette counties in the Upper Peninsula; Crawford, Charlevoix, Otsego and Presque Isle counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and Monroe County in the southeast.

Back on the list are: Chippewa and Mackinac counties in UP; Cheboygan, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties in the north; and St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in the southeast. Grand Traverse County has been on the list for three weeks in a row.

A total of 30 counties are yellow and the remaining 31 counties are green. West Michigan is the greenest area in the state. The southeastern part, the most populous area in Michigan, has seen the highest numbers.

RELATED: 8 counties in northern Michigan see cases doubled: Michigan COVID data for Thursday, May 19th

It is only at the high level of orange that the CDC recommends universal masking indoors and in public.

However, people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to a person with COVID-19 should wear a mask no matter where they live, the CDC says, and people at high risk for serious illness may need to take additional precautions when in high COVID – 19 communities.

To see how the CDC assessed your county, check out the interactive map below. Touch or hold the cursor over a county to see the underlying data.

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As the omicron swelling decreased after record high levels, The CDC relaxed on its mask guide, shifting from just looking at cases and positive tests to looking at cases and admissions. The idea is to prevent serious illness and limit the burden on hospitals.

A county is at a high level when there are more than 200 new cases per. 100,000 persons within the last seven days and 10 or more new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the last week. (Not all counties have a hospital, so each is assigned a health area, a geographic region that contains at least one hospital. Counties are assigned the measurements calculated for the entire area, weighted based on each county’s population).

Michigan’s seven-day average of new, confirmed cases was the highest Wednesday that has been since February. On Sunday and Monday, more than 19% of tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the highest single-day percentage since February 6.

However, there were signs that the increase is leveling off. The total number of deaths this week compared to last week was roughly flat, and the percentage of total tests that were positive was unchanged, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

As of Wednesday, May 18, there were 1,100 adult and 46 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Michigan hospitals.

In mid-April, the state reported 482 adults and 14 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases. At the worst of omicron, there were about 5,000 COVID patients in hospitals.

Seven Michigan hospitals – in Port Huron, Coldwater, Adrian, Monroe, Detroit and Howell – were operating at 100% capacity this week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Six more had a capacity of 95 to 99%.

This is when the number of COVID deaths in the US ticked past 1 million this week, according to Johns Hopkins University. (The CDC reports about 998,500 deaths.)

The situation remains worst in the Northeast. Rhode Island and Connecticut have the highest new cases per capita. per capita for the last seven days, according to data from the New York Times. Michigan is No. 12 among states.

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