Michigan's flattening curve has a mixed message

As cases decline in Detroit, they peak elsewhere


(Updated at 1:25 p.m.)

SUNDAY, April 19 — Michigan’s curve continued to flatten yesterday.

But some parts of the state are just starting to feel the full brunt of the pandemic.

That’s the analysis of a Bridge article this weekend that says:

“On Saturday, Michigan recorded 768 confirmed coronavirus cases, further indication that the state’s 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 article cites southwest Michigan, West Michigan and the Flint and Genesee County area as places where cases are now peaking.

The state reported 81 more deaths yesterday in addition to 768 new cases.

That brings the total number of reported cases to 30,791.

The latest reported statewide death count stood at 2,308.

Greater Lansing tracked more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the regional total to 488 confirmed cases with at least 17 related deaths.

Here are the latest case and death statistics across Greater Lansing, Michigan and the country:              

Ingham County  (5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18)             

Cases — 305

Recoveries — 85    

Hospitalizations — 27 (ICU — 4)

Deaths — 6

Fatality Rate — 2%     

Most Ingham County cases, 51-55 of them, were tracked in Lansing in zip code 48911. Much of the rest of southwest Lansing, Mason, East Lansing, Meridian and Bath townships tallied 26-40 cases in zip codes 48910, 48823, 48854 and 48864. Zip codes 48912, 48842 and 48906 tracked between 16-20 cases. Zip code 488915 tracked 11-15 cases. Zip codes 48840, 48895, 48917, 48819, 48827, 28892, 48909, 48933, 49251, 49264 and 49285 tracked 10 cases or less.   

Eaton County (Today, April 19)             

Cases — 88

Recoveries — 54    

Deaths — 5       

Fatality Rate — 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17)            

Cases — 103

Deaths — 6  

Fatality Rate — 5.8%              

Officials at the Mid-Michigan County Health Department do not report recovery statistics.  

Michigan   (Saturday, April 18)            

Cases — 30,791 (+2.5%)            

Deaths — 2,308 (+3.6%)      

According to state reports, about 78% of cases (and about 83% of those dead) are from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit. Data also shows African Americans accounted for 33% of cases and 40% of deaths. Caucasians accounted for 29% of cases and 41% of deaths; those of unknown race charted 27% of cases and 13% of deaths.      

At least 515 cases and 15 deaths are among Michigan Department of Corrections inmates.        


Cases — 717,825 

Deaths — 34,022

Fatality Rate — 4.7%

Source:The New York Times

Michigan is the state with the fourth most confirmed cases in the country, behind New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Michigan also reports the third most virus deaths in the U.S.    

Michigan …

The more national attention Gov. Gretchen Whitmer receives, the more she comes under fire at home.

This weekend a headline in The New York Times read “Gretchen Whitmer Isn’t Backing Down.” The story traces her speedy rise as a first-term governor to a serious contender for the Democratic nod for vice president. Then the story says she has become: 

“A prime target in the growing partisan storm over stay-at-home orders during the outbreak, which was highlighted on Wednesday by a raucous protest at the state capital, followed by Mr. Trump’s call on Friday to his followers to “’Liberate Michigan.’”

Indeed, she can plan on seeing more of her critics, with protests in the works for tomorrow, Wednesday and April 29, when her stay-home order is set to expire. She may be seeing them in court as well: The Detroit Free Press reports on top of everything else, some Michiganians are suing her for violating their rights. 

Buzzfeed looks at Michigan’s influence on spreading protests in state capitals, including Austin, Texas, and Annapolis, Maryland, today. A poll shows that most Americans disagree with the protesters, The Detroit News reports. 

Meanwhile, one of Whitmer's predecessors defended her on CNN Saturday.

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who served from 2003-2011, called the protesters "selfish."

"They were putting people at risk. That selfishness must stop," Granholm, now a CNN contributor, said.

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  • Quixote

    It is a shame that so many people are viewing the Covid 19 crisis as a political issue. This is a public health crisis.

    I have noticed a frequent misrepresentation of Corona as just like the flu. I have also seen people claim the only people dying are people with severe comorbities. Both of these claims are false. First and foremost, the mortality rate for symptomatic diagnoses of the flu compared to Covid show that Covid is much more deadly. The data is public information. Secondly, while it is true that greater than 80% of the fatalities had some other health issue, these people are being killed by Covid when they most likely would not have died from some other form of pneumonia from the flu or a bacterial infection.

    People need to be patient, disciplined, and optimistic. Once we have adequate testing, we can get back to work!

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