More than 6,000 Coronavirus cases now have been reported in Allegan County (6.030) and the number of deaths in the two days have risen to 76 from 73. There are 153 reported as hospitalized.
Michigan until just a couple of days ago appeared to be “flattening the curve,” but statistics in the wake of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have bumped up the bad news.
Michigan’s seven-day case rate had 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. However, there has been a slight uptick this week.
The infection rate had dipped below 8 percent, but now it has increased to just above 10%.
Those reported as having recovered from the disease now number 4,758.
Michigan’s death toll now is is more than 13,000 since the pandemic began in March.
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.