CMU related COVID-19 cases up to 117
The Central Michigan District Health Department announced today that Central Michigan University related COVID-19 cases are up to 117.
According to a press release from the health department, there are 110 confirmed cases in Isabella County as of 3 p.m., Aug. 27 related to CMU students returning to the Mount Pleasant area, with another seven that are probable. This case count starts back on Aug. 16.
Amid this spike in cases, Isabella County has been deemed at the highest risk from COVID-19 in Michigan, according to a map from the Harvard Global Health Institute. The map labels counties’ and states’ risks of COVID-19 from green (lowest risk) to red (highest risk). Isabella County is the only county in Michigan that is red.
The department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Melissa DeRoche said the county has seen 383 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Through July 31, Isabella County had 174 confirmed cases, which rose to 200 confirmed cases by Aug. 17, she said. According to the health department’s website, recoveries are at 151 and deaths are currently at nine.
On Monday, CMU announced 54 cases with in the university community.