Skubick: Where Michigan ranks in Great Lakes region for COVID-19 cases


>>>This story has been edited to correct the number of deaths in Michigan counties

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Illinois and Michigan rank number one and two in the Great Lakes region for the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.  

The New York Times took a look at the data from our region.

Michigan is a vacation destination spot for lots of tourists from neighboring Great Lakes states.

So how many cases of the virus might they be bringing into Michigan?

Illinois has had the most deaths at over 7,500 and Michigan is second with over 6,100.  Those states are followed by Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

While other states have reached their capacity of hospital beds, Michigan is doing better on that front and on the death count but the state’s chief medical officer has a warning.

“Right now we are not seeing the number of hospitalization and deaths but that tends to be a lagging indicator,” explained Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “So I wouldn’t get too complacent about the deaths. We are watching other states and that very closely.”

In Michigan, there are 19 counties without one COVID-19 death with the most deaths in Wayne County with 2,658, Oakland 1,085, Macomb 900 with 31 deaths in Jackson County, 29 in Ingham and 77 in Kalamazoo County.

The governor is hoping with more masking up, these case numbers will go down.

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