CHEBOYGAN COUNTY — According to the latest information released by District Health Department Four on Wednesday afternoon, the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in Cheboygan County has not changed for another day.
The health department is reporting three new cases in Alpena County, bringing the total number of cases in the four-county jurisdiction to 121. There are 86 reported cases of the virus now in Alpena County, 19 in Cheboygan County, 11 in Presque Isle County and five in Montmorency County. There have also been eight deaths in the four counties, 14 probable cases of the virus, and 12 people have recovered from the virus.
More information is being added every day to the health department's data dashboard, on their website, www.dhd4.org/covid19. The latest information to be added to the website is two new charts, one showing new COVID-19 cases by date, and the other is showing the cases by onset date.
This second chart is meant to show the progression of the virus outbreak in the jurisdictional area of the health department over time. The information in the chart shows the date of the onset of symptoms, when the person began to feel sick. This is helpful to determine the incubation period of the virus, the time between the exposure and symptoms.
It is important to recognize that some people have had the virus, or have it, and have not been tested. The shape of the curve shown on the graph is still very informative to many people, showing when the curve starts to flatten and show how the virus progressed in the area.
The Centers for Disease Control has developed resources that can be printed regarding the coronavirus and best practices when it comes to the virus. These resources can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc.
As the state moves closer to reopening, it is required for everyone to practice social distancing and other daily habits to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and spreading it. The CDC has put in place some guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. These can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html?fbclid=IwAR1WPqq3DTHZEWO7y66LRtoiwkZ425Cfe-NcnMdbPaG2LoVyusLP2IzBKi0.
As of the information released by McLaren Northern Michigan at 2:15 p.m. on May 6, there have been 33 patients in hospital and clinic settings who have tested positive for the virus since March 13. Of those, there are currently two patients in the hospital's respiratory recovery units, 19 who have been safely discharged from the hospital after being treated and three who have passed away. There have also been nine patients who have tested positive for the virus in outpatient clinics.
The hospital is also currently seeking donations of homemade masks, preferably with ties, to be given to patients as they are discharged from the hospital, as well as caregivers and other members of the community.
As of 3 p.m. on May 6, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan's jurisdiction currently has 138 cases of the virus, which has not increased from the day before. There are still 10 cases in Antrim County, 13 in Charlevoix County, 21 in Emmet and 94 in Otsego County. There are also 35 probable cases that are being monitored.
Information released by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan also shows that there have been 137 people in the four counties who have recovered from the virus.
As of 10 a.m. on May 6, there are a total of 45,054 cases of the virus in the state, with 4,250 reported deaths. Of these cases, there are 9,536 cases in the City of Detroit, 8,035 cases in Wayne County, 7,573 in Oakland County, 5,832 in Macomb County and 2,016 in Kent County.