State says Detroit Region not in ‘high risk’ category, citing website error

State: 'The information on the website is wrong and we are fixing it'

Michigan's MI Safe Start Map on July 17, 2020. (

LANSING, Mich. – The state’s website was incorrect and the Detroit Region has not been moved into the “high risk” category for spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to officials.

“Detroit is NOT at a high risk level,” the state told ClickOnDetroit via email. “This is our fault; the information on the website is wrong and we are fixing it.”

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The region is at or near 40 cases per million population on a seven-day average for more than a week. Cases have been spiking statewide since the beginning of the month.

State officials upgraded the Detroit Region to “medium-high risk” July 8 when new cases were beginning to trend upward.

The online map showed Detroit was in the “high risk” category as of Friday (see the screenshot above).

Click here to view the map.

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