CORONAVIRUS: One Death, 55 New Cases in Washtenaw County Health Department Daily Data

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 04/23/2020 - 17:11

One more Washtenaw County resident according to Washtenaw County Health Department data that also showed the second-highest daily case count on record.

42 county residents have died.

The number of confirmed cases jumped from 911 to 966. The 55-case increase is the most since March 31, when a backlog of tests were reported.

The jump in cases today is at least partly a reflection of targeted testing, according to Susan Ringler Cerniglia of the Washtenaw County Health Department.

"Many of them are a reflection of increased testing in the highest risk settings, like congregate care/group settings," Ringler Cerniglia said, pointing to nursing homes, shelters and jails.

The 55 new cases came on the heels of four days during which the average new case count was 9.75, and it seemed as if Washtenaw County was "flattening the curve" and reducing the load on hospitals. Ringler Cerniglia said social distancing has helped stifle the spread of the virus. Even so, local hospitals have been tested.

"I’d characterize us as having slower, but steady cases recently. It is important to recognize that there continue to be cases reported with significant social distancing measures in place. So yes, definitely a flattening, but not an elimination," Ringer Cerniglia said. "The strategies are working. The goal was to slow the spread and reserve critical hospital care. Capacity has been maxed or near max in many instances and there continue to be supply issues"

Before today's report, the county was in the midst of its deadliest week even as it had experienced a drop in confirmed cases. Ringler Cerniglia said it's hard to know why without more data analysis, but suspected it may be related to individuals passing away after extended illness.

While there was a massive increase in new cases, the number of new hospitalizations increased by five to 274. The number of recoveries increased by 22 to 447.

According to the county data, none of the new cases were from residents of Saline's 48176 zip code. There have been 58 cases in Saline's zip code.

Michigan's data showed 164 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 2,977. Of the 164 new deaths, 55 were as a result of a review of vital records and testing data.

There were 1,325 new cases, bringing the total to 35,291.

Everyone is at risk for coronavirus and should continue taking every precaution to help slow the spread of illness.

  • Stay home.
  • Avoid any gatherings.
  • Go out only for essentials like food or medicine.
  • If you do go out, wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth and keep a distance of six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands well and often.
  • If you have symptoms that are getting worse, or if you have shortness of breath, call your physician or healthcare provider.
  • If you have emergency symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pain, or feeling faint, call a hospital emergency department or 9-1-1.
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