Michigan may be past coronavirus peak, but cases grow outstate

On Saturday, Michigan recorded 768 confirmed coronavirus cases, further indication that the state’ curve is flattening from a peak that two weeks ago saw 1,600 sickened every day.

But much of the decline is in metro Detroit while other parts of the state are just now hitting their peaks, an analysis of county-level data shows.

 

 

The statewide decline has legislators calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to relax stay-home restrictions that aim to slow the spread of infections but have throttled the economy. 

But the decline in rates masks increases in places like southwest Michigan and west Michigan, which saw their highest numbers at the end of last week.

 
 

Public officials there have been well aware that infections are increasing. Gillian Conrad, communications manager for the Berrien County Health Department, said the region is two weeks behind metro Detroit.

Cases in Berrien County have ticked up markedly in the past week, and in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. 

“This was not unexpected,” Conrad said. And the delay, she said, was used by public health officials and hospitals to plan for the current increase.

There were only four cases in the nine-county region —  used by the state to marshal emergency preparedness assets — on March 22. At the same time, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties have over 200 cases.

Conrad said officials in west Michigan have used the time to secure the necessary medical equipment and engaged local leaders, formal and informal, to work on ensuring the message on “social distancing” was embraced.

 
 

Other areas of the state are also experiencing sustained levels of infections, including the region that includes Flint’s Genesee County, the hardest-hit county outside of metro Detroit. That region stretches from the Thumb region, around Saginaw Bay and up to northeastern Michigan.

The region has seen cases rise and fall but have failed to decline for a sustained period. The same goes for Region 1, which stretches from the Ohio border in south-central Michigan, through and north of Lansing.

Cases there have leveled off but not have seen the sustained decline of metro Detroit.

 
 

Much of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have seen few cases and no obvious surges, with cases ranging from 18 a day to as few as three.

The limited number of cases in parts of Michigan has some leaders, including House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, pushing for a differentiated, regional approach to loosening the existing stay-home restrictions.

 
 

In terms of raw numbers, over 75 percent of cases have been in just three counties — Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. The numbers dwarf most all others in the state.

Those counties are also by far the most populous. But an examination of  rates of infections (cases for every 100,000 people) shows that some smaller counties, even with few cases, have relatively higher rates of infection, including Otsego, Crawford and Hillsdale counties.

Still, Crawford had just 28 confirmed cases as of Saturday, with 54 in Otsego and 89 in Hillsdale.

Using per capita rates can be misleading.

Hillsdale has a population of just under 46,000 and at least 42 of those infections are from the county-owned nursing home, limiting the overall distribution of cases in the county.

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Michigan Love!
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 5:17am

I wonder if any of this makes sense to the protesters. I think Mitch Albom said it best about the Michigan I know and the people most of us know:

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/mitch-albom/2020/04/19/mit...

God Bless You, Michigan, especially all our front line heroes, from healthcare workers, to first responders, to teachers (can't have medical professionals and the rest without them), to our government and stimulus money, to grocery store workers, to delivery folks, to funeral homes, to lonely people, to innovators and manufacturers who take leads to help, to excellent journalists like Bridge, to VOLUNTEERS, to people who love us all enough to do the very minimum: to STAY HOME and do nothing.

God Bless Bless Bless You All!

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16

Ron
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:11am

MI Love,
This is not a pandemic. See the study conducted in Massachusetts and results released yesterday. A random sample of the population showed that more than 1/3rd of people who gave blood already had coronavirus antibodies. They had no idea. This test is known to result in many false negatives but not false positives therefor the number of people with antibodies is surely higher From that study one can infer with reasonable confidence that a similar percentage of the US population has already been exposed to coronavirus, and likely a greater percentage. That means more than 100 million people have already contracted it and recovered - Possibly more than half of the USA population!
The numbers published in the media up to this point are totally fraudulent. Coronavirus is notably LESS deadly than a bad influenza virus, and all of this shutdown is for nothing.
No one is losing our head - We are simply exercising our liberties and will force this state open whether fuehrer whitler likes it or not.

Have a nice day!
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:19pm

Yes, it's a pandemic, a global pandemic. Google it. Try to find countries not affected.

As far as Massachusetts goes, why are there more new cases there than in Michigan, even with its illustrious Harvard? Mass is currently third in the country for new cases. Michigan as of this moment is sixth, down from third. Lastly regardless of antibodies, it's too soon to know if people develop immunity. Viruses mutate.

Even with all the drastic social distancing we have more people dying in the US in the last two months than we do in any given year for regular seasonal flu, presently over 39,000 people have died from COVID19. Not even Trump or FOX News are spreading that lie anymore.

There are too many falsehoods in your post to waste time addressing. If you know so much and you like Trump, you should ask to speak on his behalf every day during his briefings. I don't watch those and wouldn't care if you were added as a sideshow to that circus.

This is was businesses rely on:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
Businesses want widespread testing because they know most people with money to spend are not idiots. They will not go out unless they feel safe. Only Trump's shrinking base will be that dumb, continue going to packed churches like Dr. Charles Stanley's in Atlanta (my bet the new COVID19 hotspot), protests, and soon enough rallies. I say shrinking base because many of those old timers have already passed from COVID19 and many more will because of all the aforementioned bad practices, not to mention most Americans now disapprove of Trump and his mishandling of this pandemic.

Revere
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 1:23pm

"google it" -> LOL
Well, now we know where you get your "facts" from? Just read it somewhere on the internet and it must be true, but ignore statistically relevant studies which follow the scientific method (referenced by the person above) because they don't agree with the message that your google is pushing?
You're literally an insane person.

Tammy Sue
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 11:03am

I'm sure all this makes sense to the protesters. On Facebook, blogs, and social media you can read their posts on this issue and see that they clearly understand the risks, percentages, possible policy actions, and potential solutions. Many of those protesters are supporting different solutions that may potentially lead to better results. They understand the cost of the governor-imposed shutdown- the increase that will happen in suicides, a rise in drug overdoes and alcohol poisoning, kids college funds and couple's hard-earned life savings wiped out, and devastating job losses. They understand that once rights are lost- like the right to assemble, the right to speak, the right to own a firearm for defense, etc- that those rights are not easily gained back. They have made more sense of the situation than most.

But I suppose it's easier to just call them dumb than it is to learn history, economics, and political philosophy. Personal insults are much easier for people to form than it is for them to talk with and converse with others and see other viewpoints.

I give up
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:48pm

I say to hell with it. Let the virus spread in those regions.

Weird Comments
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:03pm

It look like some people here are routing for failure. They seem sad things are getting better. They don't want to admit we are in a global pandemic. They question scientists, data collection, statistics, journalists, but don't question the president who set forth guidelines, then criticized Democratic governors who followed HIS guidelines. No mention about Republican governors doing the same thing. Now Michigan is number five or six in the country from number three. Social distancing is working. Scientists and most businesses say we need massive testing to open our economy. So far, despite WH promises in March for a website and massive testing in the parking lots at all CVS locations. We still aren't testing. Those locations never materialized. The protesters are saying open the economy, make people with underlying conditions stay home, death happens. Smart compassionate people are saying test everyone and make the infected people stay home, so they don't keep spreading the disease. So far only 1 percent of our country has been tested. This would all change if Trump used the Defense Production Act, but he's too afraid he will be labeled a socialist if he uses his powers to fix this mess. He's only concerned about being reelected, not about saving lives or our economy.

Joe
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 5:42am

Very disappointed with the “Bridge” coverage of the news this week. For priding yourselves with being non-biased reporting, not one article on the peaceful protest ,
“Operation gridlock” conducted in Lansing on Thursday. Your lack of reporting says a lot about where your bias lies.

Thank You
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:26pm

Of course you did. It doesn't matter to the protesters. Don't expect an apology.

middle of the mit
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 4:52am

Peaceful protest?

Did you not see the AR-15's and confederate flags let alone the swatiskas?

Could you tell me what would have happened if a group of white hippies showed up on the Capital steps with shotguns and BB guns? Or if there would have been some black brethren with us?

Standing. Locking arms.?

I will tell you, because we have already seen it. Flash bang grenades. Smoke canisters. Rubber bullets, Sand bag bullets. Tear gas and then zip ties.

That is what would have happened if liberals pulled the stunt you did. It's documented all over the internet.

10x25mm
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 8:03am

The only swastika I could find in a photograph attributed to Operation Gridlock was actually on a banner in the hands of a Bernie Bro out in Boise, Idaho. It was a hoax. Never did find a photograph of a Confederate Battle Flag at Operation Gridlock, although a WaPo article said one was there. You would think such a provocative item would have been photographed in the age of cell phones, and that the photograph would be the lede photo in every Operation Gridlock story.

The Governor not only closed down gun stores, but she also closed all the shooting ranges - indoor and outdoor - in Michigan. Your comment suggests that it is not permissible to protest such closures. Some Michigan residents disagree with you.

George Clinton
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 8:52pm

It appears from that photo that the sign that you are referring to says "HEIL WHITMER". Logic and reasoning would suggest that that person is suggesting that Governor is exercising executive powers that are greater than she should have, and that is a wrong thing. They are protesting the Governor, thus the sign is a 'protest' and against what is on the sign. The swastika symbol on the poster appears to reinforce this belief, as it is placed next to Whitmer's name. The overall point the protester is making is that Nazi's are bad, Hitler is bad, fascism is bad, and Whitmer is bad. I don't see how you can arrive at any other conclusion other than this- let me know if you see some line of logic that implies that this person is supportive of fascism by holding this sign, because I couldn't see one? It's kind of surprising that these things have to be explained like this today, isn't it?

To George
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:11am

"The overall point the protester is making is that Nazi's are bad, Hitler is bad, fascism is bad, and Whitmer is bad."

By that same logic, Whitmer is NOTHING like Hitler. She is working to protect the health of our state and Hitler conducted genocide. The use of the swastika to make a silly point about inconvenience and economic loss is HEINOUS, at best.

Shame on you for defending it. It makes a mockery of all the people killed because of Hitler.

To George
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:17am

And are you justifying the confederate flags the same way, if so how? Does Governor Whitmer represent the south or the north in the context of the civil war? It seems the confederate flag means leave us alone to have slavery if we want. Don't be a tyrant and try to stop us from our business. Please explain the use of such provocative symbols of human hatred and enslavement to promote your freedom cause.

To George
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:24am

Are you saying "these" protesting Trump supporters are different from the protesting Trump supporters obsessed with Jews that gathered with confederate flags and assault weapons in Charlottesville a couple years ago? Why were those Trump supporters chanting anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”?

To George
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:32am

"The protest was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund, which is tied to conservative donors Dick and Betsy DeVos, Trump's secretary of education....Whitmer's office has also accused the conservative groups behind the protest of politicizing a public health crisis. 'It's highly inappropriate for a group that's primarily funded by a member of the president's cabinet to be launching a partisan political attack during the worst public health crisis in a century,' Chelsea Lewis, Whitmer's deputy press secretary, told Insider in a statement on Wednesday. 'We should all be on the same team fighting the same enemy, and that's COVID-19.'"

Jim Pearson
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 4:44pm

Yeah, pretty much everything in that quote was factually incorrect. One of those groups organized it, the other spent a couple bucks promoting it, the group that promoted it has ties to the DeVos family, and DeVos is a member of that family. That's quite a chain of logic to make the statement that DeVos was behind it. That's almost as flimsy as the chain of logic that the Governor used to say that people are going to die now from touching the gas station handles of the protesters who had to fill up on their way down. These long long chains of implausible logic are either a sign that people are dumb, or that they understand how implausible they are but lie anyway.

George Clinton
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 4:50pm

My comments refuted the suggestion that the protesters supported fascism, Hitler, or Nazi's. The replies to my comments did not overturn that rebuttal, although they attempted to shift the goalposts, name-call, and bring up more accusations. It's difficult talking to other people who don't want to listen, don't want to hear, ignore logic, and lie every time they speak.

Ugly Americans
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:08pm

10x25mm, you must have your dates mixed up. The spectacle shocked people around the world. Only in the USA would fools act this way and protest during a pandemic. Strangest part is that we had so much more advance warning than all the other countries. We're really a laughingstock in the eyes of the world.

Here's a confederate flag with an assault rifle symbol to boot:
https://www.michiganadvance.com/2020/04/15/whitmer-stay-home-order-prote...

Even made international news:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8225759/Protesters-swarm-Michig...

Revere
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 1:29pm

It's not a pandemic. The studies are slowly trickling out. Actual statistically relevant numbers with random sample of population and scientific method followed. At least 1/3rd of America has already been infected and recovered. That is 100 million people. Check the ratio between that number and the number of deaths thus far, and compare to the normal flu over the same time period - Coronavirus no more deadly than flu.
Congratulations! You've lost the ability to reason! Now come back to reality or stop spouting your nonsense.

BTW, nothing wrong with a confederate flag, it represents rebellion, not slavery to those who fly it. I'm sorry that you didn't pay attention in your US history class and don't remember the tensions leading up to the Civil war. Not my problem. Also, there were no "assault" rifles present, only the military gets those, the protesters were carrying tame (but mean looking!) civilian AR-15's. Sorry that you get scared by black rifles, maybe you are racist?

middle of the mit
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:28pm

[[[Your comment suggests that it is not permissible to protest such closures. Some Michigan residents disagree with you.]]]

How did you get that from my comment?

I said if hippies and some blacks did it, well. Oh, I did leave out a sound canon or two.

Revere
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 1:24pm

The nazi flag pictures were fake news, pictures were actually from a Bernie Sanders rally.

Congratulations on guzzling communist kool-aid.

You're a mental zombie. Go find a hole somewhere and stay there.

Matt
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 9:35am

Your stats mean little to nothing without showing the number of tests being given in each area to get to the claimed number of CVD19 cases you show in your graphs. The numbers of tests being available and used have increased rapidly and can and would drive these results. You should assume some of your readers can recognize this and can give the impression that there is an attempt to shape the news or an agenda. I'd like to assume this is an innocent omission but things being as they are you should do better at this.

Ron
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:15am

Look at the study in Massachusetts - Matches results from EU and Israel. 50% of the USA population has already contracted and recovered from coronavirus. This shutdown is fraudulent. REOPEN NOW BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Duh
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:27pm

Then why aren't EU or Israel doing what you want?

Scott Roelofs
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 11:59am

Well said Matt. The number of tests being done for the Wuhan virus have gone up dramatically in the last two weeks. Of course we should see higher positives. Bridge should be analyzing the PERCENTAGE of testing that gives a positive result, and tracking that over time. I suspect that would paint an entirely different picture than what the present media narrative is.

According to Grand Traverse County Health Department stats as of April 18, there have been only 18 positives out of 402 tests done to date! Keep in mind that testing is not done on a cross-section of the 100,000 residents of our county. No. Testing is being done primarily on healthcare professionals, law enforcement and people who have some symptoms of illness. Given the present testing pool, one would expect far more than a 5% infection rate if this truly is a pandemic.

Wondering
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:29pm

Is Petoskey still telling people with vacation homes in the area to stay away? Getting mixed messages.

Lake Love
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:40am

I was wondering the same thing. Anyone here know how people in northern Michigan feel about keeping summer sojourners out? It will probably be bad for the local economies if we don't get this under control now before it gets worse during the height of the tourist season.

middle of the mit
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:33am

Half of them think it's fake half of them don't. They won't know or care unless it takes hold. Then it will be too late.

There are too many who own businesses that still want you to come up here. Those same people are some of the most susceptible. I sure hope it doesn't take hold, but cases are rising up here. But not a lot of the stimulus money is going to small businesses either. I used to be fervent that they would blame week enders, but they won't have anyone to blame but themselves. They probably still will though. Who knows?

I guess we're going to find out.

Pro-life for the Covid-19 resistant? I guess that's it.

I see patterns
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:44am

Testing rates don't address the evident directional trends across the board in the different geographic areas. Nice try though. Seems like you're grasping at straws to confirm your bias, like some other people. Are these talking points from somewhere?

Matt
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 7:42am

So testing (and media attention) won't affect observed disease rates … and reporting? Interesting.

Watching you
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:10pm

That pesky media. Always snooping around for stories, exposes.

Thanks, Bridge
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:39pm

What chu talkin bout, Willis? Can't get much clearer. There are literally graphs. They just don't confirm your biases. People tested tend to have severe symptoms and a doctor's prescription. There aren't enough tests to test everyone. So everyone with severe symptoms are being tested everywhere. That's the best we can do. People in the conservative parts of the states are spreading the virus because they don't believe it's a pandemic or dangerous. Just accept it. We can see the patterns from weeks now. It's not like things have all of a sudden changed with testing. Oh and you can expect those areas to get worse as the snowbirds return. It sort of sucks to live in areas where the most ignorant people are in charge. You guys might want to change local leadership.

You should apply for a job with Bridge as a science fiction writer. You'd be good, but you'd have to give your full name. If you want to be a real scientist, you'd have to stand behind your research, endure peer review, etc. It doesn't look like you are up to that, but your writing is entertaining, in a post apocalyptic alternate reality kind of way.

chris justice
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:30am

People focus heavily on the case rates and death counts, justifiably so, but the critical metric is the Rt - the transmission rate at time t. If this continues about 1.0 the virus will continue to expand. If it stays below 1.0, the disease extinguishes. I have adapted a publicly available Bayesian probability model that calculates Rts from our regional CV19 data (published by the state). Based on data through Friday, most regions were experienced an upward trend on Rt and some that had been below 1.0 earlier in the week were crossing back over the 1.0 threshold. Our public health response and test capabilities vary dramatically by locale, in combination with the same variability in population morbidity, healthcare access and inclination to observe social distancing. So increasing Rts reflect a number of commingled effects. If we are indeed ramping up testing availability, that would be very useful data for the state to publish. It would allow for adjusting a Rt transmission rate model to try to untangle what is likely a significant factor skewing the true underlying transmission rate. This is sort of the issue with interpreting increased trend rates of autism - its not something people diagnosed and tracked routinely a generation ago, and recent awareness and interest has undoubtedly skewed and complicated any attempt to get at a good time series. A coordinated, effective, top down public health effort for CV19 is essential to allow policy leaders to make difficult decisions based on strong data and models and thereby balance the economic, social and public health factors in a transparent way. We as a nation lost 3 months in this battle in Q1 by allowing huge sales of domestic PPE stocks to overseas clients and botching our own test development, thus kneecapping any containment strategies before it could even begin. Because no one has immune defense against this virus, it is a pay me now or pay me later situation - if we don't snuff it and get Rts way low long enough for it to hit extinction, it will inevitably bounce back. The virus is persistent, highly contagious and doesn't respect borders or political affiliation.

With sadness
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:38pm

The truth is that testing is not being conducted much more than what it has been. We have tested maybe 1 percent of the US population.

CMAC
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:54am

The problem with this article is that it fails to acknowledge just how exceedingly small the rates of cases are in the rest of the state. In Region 5 and 6, for example, they have 0.6 cases per 1000 population on average. This is about 10x less than the epicenter of the state in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. You'd need exponential growth in these areas to come anywhere near Metro Detroit's penetration, which will continue to grow in terms of raw cases per 1000. The rest of the state is well under 0.5/1000 people and it is not growing substantially. Death rates are also extremely low comparatively.

Also the map above about scale per 100k people is kind of misleading. The reality is that by making the darkest color appear at 300/100k, and the second darkest at 200-300/100k, it skews the fact that the metro detroit region is at over 600/100k. This is more than double the rate of those in the dark orange category, but by looking at the colors you'd think they're "right behind" Metro Detroit, which is just patently incorrect by the numbers.

This just all goes to show how statistics can easily be skewed depending on how you represent them. While we can all agree that none of this represents the real numbers because of how poorly Michigan government has implemented testing throughout the state, the reality is that hospitals in the rest of the state are NOT overrun with COVID 19 patients, and deaths have been low outside of inner ring Detroit metro.

Trendy
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:46pm

It's about trends and how careful people are in facing this pandemic. So what if there are more people affected in the tricounty area. The numbers are trending down. In regions 5 and 6 the pandemic is trending upward. Those are bad trends and will keep downstate and out of state people from summering in those areas. Otherwise more people will be unnecessarily infected everywhere. Why are you people so dense and stubborn? That's a serious question. Is it because you can't admit when you are wrong?

CMAC
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 4:45pm

Please don't resort to "you people"ing. Its unnecessary to make your point, and it comes off as demeaning.

I think the point you're trying to make is that any increase anywhere is bad... which in a vacuum i agree with... I would prefer there to be no COVID 19, no cases, no deaths, etc. I would also like there to be no domestic violence, racism, cancer, drug abuse, suicide, heart disease, poverty etc.

The reality that the science tells us is that COVID 19 is not going to simply disappear this year. Therefore the goal is not that it simply vanishes but rather that we're pushing for relative containment. In that respect, areas going from a half of a person per 1000 people having the virus to 0.6 people per 1000 people having the virus is certainly growth, but its not all that meaningful in the scheme of the pandemic. It also is not relevant without knowing the rate of testing. For example, if Regions 5 and 6 experienced 25% more cases in the past 4 days, but also 25% more testing, then rate didn't really increase but stayed the same. If testing went up 50%, then the rate of spread is actually going down despite having higher reported cases.

Anonymous
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 1:06am

Testing is not increasing anywhere, other than maybe the dead, dying. There are healthcare workers who have severe symptoms that are not getting tested. Testing levels are similar throughout the state and clearly Region 6 is an outlier. That also happens to be an extremely religious area of the state with churchgoers. Many churches are still meeting despite all scientific evidence and orders not to. Pastors are preaching about not being afraid because Jesus will protect them. Well, we see proof Thy will be done in the form of physical damnation. The Christians who are praying at home are safer, but unfortunately the ones who feel they need to make a spectacle are not only endangering themselves, but their families and the greater community. Please stay home from church service and "the sing". Yes, been there, done that. Know the area, Michigan's Bible belt where sinners and saints play together, a recipe for disease disaster. Wait until we get into contact tracing. Then things will get really interesting.

Wrong Premises
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 3:53pm

CMAC, you only need ONE infected person and that person can be asymptomatic.

CMAC
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 8:59am

Yes, this is understood. But there will not be a day anytime soon where there is no people with this virus. There's always going to be some risk. This doesn't change the discussion about the demographic prevalence of the virus.

WWJD
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:13pm

"The demographic prevalence of the virus" you mean the Region 6 churchgoers?

Larry Buege
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:10pm

All of Michigan has been under the same executive orders. Why are some areas flattening and others are not? Graphs of new cases are meaningless, since they depend on the volume of testing. It would have been more informative if death rates in each region were used, since this is independent of testing rates.

MI Crazies
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:46pm

Some people have chosen not to abide by the orders, churches, protesters, people who think they're cunning. Some sheriffs have refused to enforce the orders. Viruses aren't political.

Anonymous
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:56pm

Larry, I was wondering the same thing. Looks like some areas are flaunting the rules. We should impose a financial punishment on the counties where the curve is not being flattened for lack of effort. These revelations are horrific. Kudos to all the regions doing the right thing.

10x25mm
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 6:09am

State officials have intimated that the noise in outstate diagnosis numbers are a result of recent, more comprehensive testing at congregate care facilities and criminal detention facilities - not any acceleration of transmission amongst the general populations. This has been generally confirmed by sporadic news reports from Regions 5 & 6, in particular. XO 2020-50 should provide the State with a lot more data; the only question is whether the State will share those data with the public.

So funny
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:18pm

"Intimating" LOL So that's why it's only happening in Region 6, not a total disregard of the governor's stay at home orders, churchgoing, protests, sneaking around for clandestine trysts, etc. LOL You should do standup! Your denial is hilarious.

Little Light of Mine
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:23pm

The governor needs to urgently shut down and confine everyone in regions 5 and 6. We can relax the restrictions in most of the other places where people are taking this seriously.

Build that WALL and make the DeVoses PAY for it!

Cathy
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:53pm

All right, repeat after me, April distance brings May existence. : )

Amen
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:50pm

If things are so much better, why did Trump just extend the ban on Canadians an additional 30 days? He wants Michigan open now, but fears Canada? Can any Trump supporters explain that? He wants to liberate Michiganders from Canadians? Is Trump bipolar?

Great Compilations
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 1:42pm

Thanks, Bridge Magazine. These are the first graphs I've seen for Michigan. I wish we had similar graphs for the whole country. It would be helpful to see how local areas are really dealing with this scourge and provide help or guidance where most needed. As Fauci and Birx always say we need to get to the granular level. We're not there yet, but thankfully getting better every day. These are pictures of encouragement in some areas and definitely wake up calls for others who choose to heed the news.

Stupit is as St...
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 3:56pm

The numbers could be increasing because legislators insisted on meeting in person, rather than Zoom meet, or because of the recent protest in Lansing. It's foolish for people to cross the state for no good reason.

PLombard
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 4:37pm

Thanks for the regional graphics - I've seen county and state bar graphs but not divided into regions. The recent odd spikes in region 7 stand out (to me.) I wonder if that is an artifact of limited testing or something else?
It makes me wonder if the state has people who work on a regional level or is it just county health departments and then the state? Anyone know?

Mike
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 5:32pm

 Fully support our governor. People our dying and you got idiots wanting to open back up. These people must not have elderly parents or just plain dont care if there mom or dad die. You guys or cying and eager to open the state back up in the middle of this. Blaming the governor cause you cant go out on the lake. Want to blame somebody? Blame that contradicting, self centered, *******, idiot,dip **** of a president we got. For one he hid this **** from us and when we did finally hear about it this jack *** said it was a hoax just to make him look bad in the polls. If you believe a word that comes out of trump's mouth you are just as retarded as him. STAY SAFE AMERICA. KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. STAY HOME.

No coincidence
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 1:33am

Research by Calvin College about a decade ago found Kent County is an "unusually religious community " and residents are are significantly more likely to attend church services. Anecdotally, the same is true for Ottawa County. Kent County, at the time of the Calvin study, had more than 700 church congregations for an area with roughly 600,000 people. Just sayin'

Kyle
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 7:06am

A seven-day average will always be below the peak single day.

Kyle
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 7:06am

A seven-day average will always be below the peak single day.

RonD
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:02pm

So should the entire U.P. be shut down with their numbers of cases? If I lived up there I'd be pretty ticked off.

Enough
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 5:23pm

The cases are low because of the shutdown. Do you want the UP and elsewhere trending up like Region 6? We have to get this under control so we can all get back to normal. Test and open the economy. Stop the silliness and drama.

Tom Madden
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 10:33pm

Your data is wrong - at least it is for Region 6. I didn’t check the other regions but your graph for Region 6 shows one day with cases over over 70. On the Michigan.gov site under Coronavirus/data/daily counts show:
April 13 - 25 cases
April 14 - 32
April 15 - 46
April 16 - 37
April 17 - 21
April 18 - 27
So the highest daily count was 46 - not 70+. If you put a trend line on the data for the last 14 days, it’s definitely going down

Truth Hurts
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:48am

Where are your citations? We can't rely on your opinion. There is no evidence for your assertions.

Larry Wagenaar
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 5:35pm

Bridge should stop using the terms "in state" and "out state". The State of Michigan is not centered in Detroit and "out state" can be read as a pejorative term, basically "other" Michiganders than those "in" the most important part of the state. I have always hated that term and, as the director of a statewide non-profit organization, never use them.

middle of the mit
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 9:36pm

I agree with you. I never understood the term. I thought they were trying to tell us that we didn't live in State.

This is part of why the rural/urban divide exists.

WE need to come together, or we are going to fall apart. As a State or Nation or all of the above.

I just can't understand why we can't. It's either fake, or it isn't. If it is, then why are we seeing what we are?

And if what we are seeing is what we are seeing...... then the only ones politicizing anything are the ones who think it is fake.