By the Michigan State Health Department, it is advised that everywhere in Michigan should wear a mask when out in crowded places and while staying indoors. The counties still pose a significant risk of transmission. According to the Center for Disease Control, all of Michigan is becoming a significant transmission area. The entire state is experiencing a drastic increase in cases.
Just a few weeks ago, we were able to report that Michigan had not seen any major outbreaks of COVID-19 cases. Since then, the state has seen the number of cases surge, which makes them a lot like the rest of the country. It’s clear that every county is red or orange for transmission risk. Orange and red counties are recommended to keep masks on in places other than their homes, and this is particularly relevant for students.
“I personally talk to schools once a week, and over the last month, have been consistent with messaging which follows the CDC recommended guidelines. That there should be masking for all school buildings and activities K-12. The best way would be if we just had a statewide mandate because then it’s uniform throughout the entire state. We have school districts that do cross county lines and health department lines, so it makes it very confusing if it’s left to the individual health department,” explained Dr. Jennifer Morse, who is a medical director for the District Health Department #10.
The consensus is now that hospitals will have the highest number of flu cases in October, so they should be prepared. Ideally, this bad surge might not last this long since many people have already been vaccinated. Health experts believe they urgently need to counter that expectation, and they ask people to study up on their vaccination needs.