Isabella County reported 28 more positive coronavirus cases on Thursday, August 28, as central Michigan County reached the highest risk level for the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.
Home to Central Michigan University, it’s Michigan’s only county in the red – the highest of four colored areas based on a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Initiative that examines new cases per 100,000 people every day,
Isabella County records an average of 31.7 new cases per day per 100,000, according to data from August 21 to 27. The second highest county, Menominee, registers an average of 17.6 new cases per day per capita.
Menominee County is joined in the Orange Zone by Saginaw, Macomb, Branch, Monroe and Grand Traverse counties, the latter of which increased due to the 23 new cases reported on Thursday.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are seven counties that have not reported any new cases in the past seven days. They are part of the 10 counties of the green zone.
On the map below, readers can hover their cursor over a county to view the underlying data. If you can’t see the map, click here.
Latest news on coronavirus testing
Macomb County’s positive test rate remains Michigan’s highest, although it is declining. In the past two weeks, Southeast County has processed nearly 31,000 tests with an average positive test rate of 7.2%.
Saginaw and Ontonagon counties had already passed the 5% threshold set by the World Health Organization to determine whether it is safe to reopen schools. Their respective positive test rates have been reduced to 4.97% and 3.86%, according to data from Aug. 13-26.
Twenty-three counties have a positive test rate of less than 1%, including four counties – Alpena, Keweenaw, Luce and Presque Isle – which have not reported a positive test for two weeks.
As a state, Michigan has reported 396,279 diagnostic tests since Aug. 13, of which 3.27 percent returned positive.
The map below shows the 14-day average testing rate by county. Once again, readers can hover their cursor over a county to see the underlying data. If you can’t see the map, click here.
More localized maps
Below are two maps created by the EpiBayes research group at the University of Michigan’s Department of Epidemiology, which has access to sub-county data collected by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The interactive maps break down the state into 10-kilometer hexagons to provide a more localized overview of coronavirus cases. You can click here to go to the research project website.
The first map examines confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus over the past week. You can click on a hexagon to see the underlying data.
You can use the triangle button at the top right of the map to switch to the second map, which shows the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Michigan reported 99,958 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,440 known deaths as of Thursday, August 27. The state averages 752 new cases and 10 new deaths per day, based on a seven-day moving average.
For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here. To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test finder, here, email COVID19@michigan.gov or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
COVID-19 PREVENTION TIPS:
In addition to washing your hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone can carry the virus.
Health officials say you should stay at least 6 feet away from others and work from home if possible.
Use disinfectant wipes or disinfectant aerosol cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (doorknobs, faucets, counters) and take hand sanitizer with you when you go to places like stores.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also issued executive orders requiring people to wear face masks over their mouths and noses in crowded indoor and outdoor public spaces. See an explanation of what this means here.
Additional information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
For more data on COVID-19 in Michigan, visit https://www.mlive.com/coronavirus/data/.
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