Updates from March 17 Newsletter

State Issues Latest Guidance on COVID-19

This past Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated their COVID-19 guidance. The announcement comes as the state continues through what the MDHHS refers to as the recovery (post surge) phase of the pandemic. The state entered this stage in mid-February.

The MDHHS offers specific guidance on both masking and isolation & quarantining.  In a nutshell, only those individuals who test positive for COVID-19 now need to quarantine; those exposed, simply need to monitor for symptoms for 10 days, as well as potentially utilize a face mask, based on their specific situations.

In Michigan, our average daily new cases have dropped to about 770, and are approaching the low, low numbers we witnessed this past summer. Hospitalizations are well under 1,000 (after peaking at 5,000 in January), and fatalities have dramatically dropped, as well.  As of March 15th, the positivity rate as of March 15th was 2.5%. The state has long aimed for a positivity rate of 3.0% or lower. You can view the most recent statistics as this Bridge Michigan website.









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