MDHHS comments on COVID-19 spike

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday issued a statement on the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting more than 3,300 positive test results that day.

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it represents more current trends in disease occurrence. More than 96% of the test results reported on Friday originated from specimens collected from individuals in the previous five days.

As information is collected by Michigan’s public health community that better describes cases, the MDHHS continues to see clusters of illness associated with facilities, programs and schools. These cases, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have been contributing to the elevation in reports of confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Babycakes closes

The Babycakes Muffin Company, located at 223 W. Washington St., Marquette, announced on Facebook that since an employee recently tested positive for COVID-19, it will be closed for the foreseeable future.

“We feel this is a necessary precaution to keep you, our customers, and our own employees safe and healthy,” the post reads. “While closed, our store will be sanitized and disinfected so that we can continue to serve Marquette safely when we reopen.”

NMU COVID numbers rise

The most recent cumulative numbers on Northern Michigan University’s Safe on Campus dashboard, found at https://nmu.edu/safe-on-campus/, show that between July 27 and Sunday afternoon, there have been 91 cumulative COVID-19 positive cases. These include include 33 on-campus students, 50 off-campus students and eight employees.

There are 16 active positive cases — three on-campus students, 11 off-campus students and two employees.


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