Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.
According to the State Emergency Response Center and the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services, today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting more 3,300 positive test results.
According to Saturday's statement, “The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan, “said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”
While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it does represent more current trends in disease occurrence. More than 96% of the test results being reported today originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days, according to the press release.
As information is collected by Michigan’s public health community that better describes cases, the state is continuing to see clusters of illness associated with facilities, programs and schools. These cases, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have been contributing to the elevation in reports of confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly.