The nationwide surge in cases of the Covid-19 virus continues to plague most of the United States and Michigan’s death toll continues to climb.
However, the irony is that Michigan’s infection rate has been going down steadily for more than six weeks, especially since the state health department’s shutdown of in-person high school instruction and meetings of more than a dozen people indoors.
The infection rate has dipped below 8 percent, and the case numbers over seven-day average have plummeted, but deaths still are increasing.
Allegan County Monday reported 73 deaths since the pandemic began last March, seven more than it noted on Dec. 29, with the gap coming because of the New Year’s holiday. There were 150 hospitalized and a total of 5,931 cases, but the increase over the past week have been moderate.
Those reported as having recovered from the disease now number 4,665.
Michigan’s death toll now is approaching 13,000 as of Monday
Schools in Allegan County continue to receive the health department’s grade of “D,” which is one step above recommendation for all virtual learning. Wayland and Hopkins returned Monday, Jan. 4, to hybrid sessions in which half the student population will be in classrooms physically Mondays and Thursdays, the other half Tuesdays and Fridays.
Wednesdays are reserved for all virtual instruction and special sessions for those in need of catching up.
Martin schools are resuming classroom instruction five days per week.