Spike in Michigan's Covid Cases Could Signal Second Wave, Health Official Says

October 13, 2020, 3:57 PM

Joneigh Khaldun: "We now see a concerning jump."

Michigan's Covid cases are on the rise, and that's raising red flags for health officials who fear it's a sign of bad things to come.

"It is very possible that this is the beginning of a second wave," Michigan Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun told a Tuesday meeting of state and public health officials, The Detroit News reports.

On Tuesday, the state reported 1,237 new Covid cases and 30 more deaths. October is on pace to generate Michigan's biggest month for new cases since April,  the publication reports. 

There are currently 698  hospitalizations in Michigan.

The seven-day average for  daily new cases through Tuesday now stands at 1,125 cases per day. For the first 13 days of October, the daily average is 1,001 cases per day.

"Michiganders did a great job of bringing our cases down after a surge in the spring,” said Dr. Khaldun says in a press release. “Basic things like wearing masks, maintaining a physical distance from others and washing hands worked.

"Yet as the colder months and flu season have arrived, we now see a concerning jump in our cases – a trend we can reverse if we all take this seriously and follow best practices to slow the spread of Covid-19."

Read more:  The Detroit News

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