CDC: Washtenaw County COVID community level returns to ‘low’

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ANN ARBOR – The Centers for Disease Control and prevention said Washtenaw County is now at a “low” COVID-19 community level as of Thursday.

At the “low” level, the CDC says there are low levels of severe illness in the community and a limited impact on the local healthcare system.

The new categorization comes a week after the CDC said Washtenaw was at a “high” transmission level -- which the Washtenaw County Health Department called inaccurate.

“According to our hospitalization rate/current cases we should be at a Medium level,” a Health Department release at the time read. “A number of old/backlogged COVID-19 cases were added this week from 2-4 months ago. The CDC system is currently seeing the old cases as new cases.”

According to county data, there were 54.4. confirmed and probable cases diagnosed between Jan. 12 and Jan. 25. During the same time period, the case positivity rate in Washtenaw was 6.3% and there were zero deaths.

Additionally, cases have steadily declined in the county week to week since Dec. 17, 2022.

To see more local COVID-19 data, visit WCHD’s website.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.