As the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to rise, residents of several counties in Southeast Michigan are now at substantial risk for infection.

Saginaw, Tuscola, Shiawassee, Livingston, Oakland, and Macomb counties are considered to be at substantial risk, while residents of Genesee and Lapeer Counties are only considered to be at moderate risk for infection.

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The Centers for Disease Control's four-level evaluation system ranks the risk of exposure as follows:

  • Low (Blue)
  • Moderate (Yellow)
  • Substantial (Orange)
  • High (Red)

The color designation corresponds with the map above and this interactive map provided by the CDC's website.

Masks Once Again Recommended

The CDC is recommending that anyone living in an area that is considered to be at 'substantial' or 'high' risk of infection should resume wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

This advice differs from CDC guidance offered just months ago when fully-vaccinated people were given the green light to go without masks indoors, except when using public transportation or inside medical facilities.

More than 30 of Michigan's 83 counties are currently at a substantial or high risk according to the CDC's evaluation system. That compares to just ten counties that were considered to be at substantial or high risk last week, the week ending July 25, 2021.

Lynn Sutfin of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says her office is concerned with the increase in cases in Michigan.

“We have made great strides in vaccination rates but given the presence of the delta variant in Michigan, we remain concerned about the continued increase in COVID-19 cases we are experiencing,” Stuffin tells WOOD-TV. "MDHHS urges all eligible Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible."

Click this link to find a vaccination site near you.

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