SAGINAW, MI – Reported cases of COVID-19 in Saginaw County and the surrounding area continue to decline and are well below the benchmarks previously set here by health officials.
Saginaw County’s Department of Health Officer Chris Harrington spoke on an optimistic note during the event the agency’s most recent weekly live Facebook broadcast.
“We are making great strides and are making great strides,” Harrington said during the session on Wednesday, Nov. Michigan’s MI Safe Start Map website that tracks COVID-19 trends.
The website divides the state into regions, combining data from Saginaw County with numbers for Alcona, Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Sanilac, and Tuscola.
In this designated region, the data showed a decrease in new cases for 69 consecutive days, as well as a 1.7% test positive rate in residents tested for COVID-19. During a surge in new cases in April, the same region had a peak test positive rate of 23.3%. Both percentages represent 7-day averages.
Harrington said she previously set a goal for Saginaw County to drop below a test positive rate of 4%.
“And we’re half,” she said, “so we’re doing awesome.”
The health officer also noted that the county beat another major benchmark it set months earlier. She said it was a goal for the region to get below 40 reported daily cases per million people. The latest data from the MI Safe Start Map shows the number has dropped to 11.6 daily cases per million people.
During the April surge, the same number peaked at 791 daily cases per million population. These numbers also represent 7-day averages.
In Saginaw County, reported cases went down so far that the website of the health department No longer tracks cases daily, but switches to bi-weekly counts.
The most recent count showed eight new COVID-19 cases that occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. June, were reported. By comparison, two months ago, from April 15-16, there were 312 newly reported COVID-19 cases over the same two-day route.