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Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update (Medium Risk), Statewide, bars are closed for indoor service and indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people.
On average, each person in Berrien County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.97 other people. Because this number is around 1.0, it means that COVID continues to spread, but in a slow and controlled fashion.
On average, each person in Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.06 other people. Because this number is around 1.0, it means that COVID continues to spread, but in a slow and controlled fashion. (Source: covidactnow.org 7/29/2020 update)
Daily new cases per 100k population
Over the last week, Berrien County, Michigan has averaged 9.0 new confirmed cases per day for every 100,000 residents. As context, if these rates were to continue, 2-20% of Berrien County, Michigan’s population would be infected in the next year.
Over the last week, Michigan has averaged 6.9 new confirmed cases per day for every 100,000 residents. As context, if these rates were to continue, 2-20% of Michigan’s population would be infected in the next year. (Source: covidactnow.org 7/29/2020 update)
Positive Test Rate
A significant percentage (4.3%) of COVID tests were positive, meaning that Berrien County, Michigan’s testing meets WHO minimums but needs to be further expanded to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID without resorting to lockdowns.
A low percentage (2.5%) of COVID tests were positive, which suggests enough widespread, aggressive testing in Michigan to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID without resorting to lockdowns. (Source: covidactnow.org 7/29/2020 update)
Governor Whitmer Amends MI Safe Start Order to Limit Indoor Gatherings, Save Lives
Statewide, bars are closed for indoor service and indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people
On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe Start Order, starting July 31, 2020, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8.
“As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to saave lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system while we continue to combat COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy. By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”
COVID-19’s resurgence is closely associated with super-spreading events at large social gatherings, often attended by young people. An outbreak at a Lansing bar has resulted in 187 infections; more than 50 cases have been linked to a single house party in Saline; and a sandbar party at Torch Lake over the July 4 weekend led to at least 43 confirmed cases. Therefore, Executive Order 2020-160 limits statewide indoor gatherings to 10 people or less and, across most of the state, limits outdoor gatherings to 100. (The outdoor gathering limits will remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8.)
Executive Order 2020-160 also orders that bars in every region, including those in regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.
Under the governor’s orders, Detroit casinos will also be allowed to open on August 5, but their occupancy will be limited to 15% capacity. Casinos must also, among other things, conduct a daily entry screening protocol for customers and employees, temperature screening. Casinos must require patrons to wear a face covering, except while eating or drinking or for identification purposes.
(Source: Michigan Governor's Office Press Release)
Written by: Nate Smith-Manley