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MDHHS: 'Cautiously optimistic' about latest COVID data, but no time to celebrate

Nursing home COVID-19 testing photo
Spc. Miguel Pena

With just under 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, health officials Wednesday expressed “cautious optimism” that things...might be getting better. The promising news came from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services during a press briefing; reporting that cases, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by the coronavirus had either shown improvement or had plateaued since last week.

Dr. Sarah Lyon-Callo is the Director the of Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health at the MDHHS.

“We are seeing our rates declining, we are now down to 515 per-million cases per-day, and when I look at some of the more recent data, we are still seeing that decline,” Lyon-Callo said. 

Encouraging sure, but keep in mind Lyon-Callo says: we are still behind most of the country in controlling the coronavirus.

“Michigan has now recorded the 7th highest number of cases and the 4th highest number of deaths in terms of states in the nation,” Lyon-Callo said. “We’re now the sixth highest hospitalization rate in percentage of total number of beds in comparison to other states, and we have moved up one rank there,” she said.

Meaning she says, we are by no means out of the woods, and despite a vaccine on the horizon, residents should continue wearing a mask, practice social distancing, and wash their hands.

Meanwhile, the MDHHS says Kent County has had recorded 398 more cases and recorded two more deaths. 

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