Michigan Remains On The Right Track In Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic As Some Other States Roll Back Reopening

Michigan has the fourth lowest viral reproduction rate in the country

WWJ News
June 13, 2020 - 12:02 pm

(WWJ) As a handful of states across the country pause their reopening due to rising coronavirus cases; Michigan is continuing to triumph in the fight against the pandemic.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported a weekly average of 103 cases per day by date of onset this week.

That is down from an average of 187 cases per day by date of onset the week before.

At the peak of the outbreak, the state of Michigan as a whole was averaging 1,000 to 1,500 confirmed cases per day.

Daily Cases
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Deaths have also dropped sharply. The state reports a weekly average of about a dozen deaths per day this week; a fraction of an average of about 150 per day at the height of the outbreak.

Nearly 5,020 of the 5,745 residents who passed away after testing positive for the virus were over the age of 60. About 460 were between 50- and 59-years year old.

To see a complete breakdown of deaths by gender, race and age, click here

Daily Deaths
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

More than 42,000 Michiganders are considered recovered from the virus after living 30 days post diagnosis. 

Health experts say the infection rate and hospitalization rate are the best gauge for a state’s success in managing the outbreak.

The Michigan COVID-19 dashboard shows the percentage of tests coming back positive across the state has been between 1.5% and 3% for the past week.

In Oakland County; about 1.5% of the tests per day turned up a positive result throughout the week.

Wayne County's percentage of positive tests per day spiked at 3.59% one day this week; but has consistently been on par with Oakland County.

Macomb County’s infection rate has hovered between 2 and 3% throughout the week.

To see a complete breakdown of test results by county, click here. 

Mayor Mike Duggan said during a recent press conference as the fear of this pandemic dies down; the line at testing facilities gets shorter.

Find a test site here. 

Michigan is listed at a .83 virus reproduction rate; the fourth lowest in the country.

1 is outbreak level.

This is according to an independent website, Rt.com, endorsed by former FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. It calculates the virual reproduction rate of each state (rt). 

Viral Reproduction Rate Per State (rt.com)
COVID-19 Viral Reproduction Rate Per State (rt.com)

State COVID hospitalizations are among the lowest they have been throughout the pandemic. 636 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19 across the state, according to the MDHHS. 

253 of the patients are in the ICU.

Just over 300 of those cases are in Metro Detroit’s major hospital systems: Detroit Medical Center, Beaumont Health System, Ascension and Henry Ford Health System.

To read more about hospitalizations across Michigan, click here. 

A recent report by the Imperial College in the United Kingdom suggested Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s aggressive shutdown saved lives.

The data shows Michigan’s infection rate dropped from 2.5 after measures were put in place, and eventually to .8 where it stands today.

More about the study here. 

However, opponents to the governor’s aggressive measures cited the devastating toll the shutdown took on the economy and mental health.

Michigan has largely reopened: bars and restaurants are now back online at 50% capacity.  Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo and massage parlors will open on Monday.  

Not all states that have reopened are seeing outbreaks.

Georgia lead the way in opening hair salons and nail parlors over a month ago despite strong objections from health experts, including the Coronavirus Task Force.

According to Rt.com; Georgia’s reproduction rate stands at .94, after briefly rising above outbreak level for about a week in late May.

More than a dozen states that have begun rolling back restrictions are still at a reproduction rate of .9 or less.

Meanwhile; several states that have not reopened are above outbreak level including Arkansas, Washington and Vermont.

Health officials and The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have stressed the importance of wearing masks in public spaces, washing your hands, and not going out if you are sick.

The CDC has issued guidelines on how to resume everyday activities.

What happens next is unknown.

However, many health experts and public officials agree there is reason to be hopeful as Michiganders start to return to normalcy one step at a time.