Increased cases impacting capacity to respond
From our friends at DHD#10:
October 21, 2020 –District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reports that positive COVID-19 cases are trending upwards throughout the jurisdiction, jumping significantly over the past two weeks in many of the counties served by DHD#10. This sudden increase is impacting the overall capacity for DHD#10 to respond in a timely manner to begin investigations and contact tracing.
Friday, October 16, saw the largest daily case count since COVID-19 first appeared in March. Every county in DHD#10’s ten-county jurisdiction reported cases totaling 64 positive COVID-19 cases in one day. On Monday, October 19, DHD#10 reported 106 positive cases that included numbers from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday combined – that’s 170 cases in a span of four days. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) did report a slowdown of results from a laboratory on Thursday, October 15, that may have contributed to the large numbers on Friday and possibly over the weekend. The capacity to respond quickly to positive cases is significantly impacted when you have such a large number of cases in a short period of time.
“We do our best to respond to positive cases as quickly as possible,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “What we are dealing with this week is not only many positive cases, but also a substantially large number of close contacts to each case that must be contacted. For example, one positive case in a school can have upwards of 35 close contacts or more that all must be contacted. We ask for patience and understanding as we adjust staffing and increase our resources to manage our caseload."
Below is a breakdown of confirmed in each county from August, September, and the first 18 days of October.
CONFIRMED CASES AUG SEP OCT TOTAL % Increase between month of Aug. and first 18 days of Oct
JURISDICTION-WIDE 241 360 486 1087 102%
CRAWFORD 17 12 12 41 30%
KALKASKA 17 21 24 62 40%
LAKE 13 6 14 33 8%
MANISTEE 20 26 31 77 55%
MASON 22 13 42 77 110%
MECOSTA 30 134 152 316 407%
MISSAUKEE 7 15 14 36 100%
NEWAYGO 47 87 138 272 294%
OCEANA 33 21 41 95 24%
WEXFORD 35 25 18 78 49%
Now that fall is here, and winter is quickly approaching, many of us will find ourselves spending more time indoors. DHD#10 encourages everyone to continue practicing the necessary mitigation strategies to help keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe and healthy. Let’s all do our part to help reduce the risk of getting or spreading both COVID-19 and flu this season:
For more information on COVID-19, go to www.dhd10.org/coronavirus. You can also send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.