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CDC: 32 Michigan counties have high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates

By: - August 3, 2021 2:54 pm

COVID-19 spread in Michigan, Aug. 3, 2021 | CDC graphic

The COVID-19 transmission rates in 32 Michigan counties — 21 more than last week — are considered “high” or “substantial,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Last week, the CDC had urged all individuals in substantial or high community transmission areas to wear masks indoors in public, regardless of their vaccination status. That included 10 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

With cases on the rise, the CDC’s data tracker now ranks more than one-third of Michigan’s counties as high or substantial.

Counties recorded as having “high” transmission rates — the highest ranking in the tracker — include: Branch, Hillsdale, Huron, Iosco, Alpena and Kalkaska counties. Only Branch County held that ranking last week.

Areas with “substantial” transmission rates include: Ontonagon, Iron, Dickinson, Delta, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Montmorency, Grand Traverse, Mason, Muskegon, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Clinton, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Cass, St. Joseph, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Macomb counties.

All other counties are labeled as either “moderate” or “low,” and therefore do not need to adhere to the same masking recommendation.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).