(WXYZ) — The Centers for Disease Control has updated its COVID-19 community risk level, putting nearly all of Southeast Michigan at high risk for community transmission.
The updated map places Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair counties at risk level. Monroe and Lenawee counties have a moderate risk of community transmission.
Several other counties in other parts of the state are also at that level.
When a county is at high risk of community transmission, the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors on public and public transportation.
Doctors in Oakland County say this is not the time to be wary.
“I want people to protect themselves and protect the people around them,” says Dr. Matthew Sims, an infectious disease specialist at Beaumont Health.
Sims says it’s about population and testing.
“We have the highest population density in Michigan, so you interact with more people,” he said. “Our numbers are slowly but surely creeping into hospitals.”
“I still see people getting very sick from it. We still see deaths,” Sims continued.
America reached a tragic milestone of 1 million COVID-19-related deaths.
In a statement, President Joe Biden said: “One million American lives lost to COVID-19. A million empty chairs around the dining table – each an irreplaceable loss.”
Sims said, “I remember when this started, we’d say if we don’t get this under control, we’re going to have 100,000 deaths, 200,000 deaths. We’ve reached a million deaths… The sheer tragedy of COVID is unbelievable. “
It is recommended that you stay up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine and get tested if you have any symptoms. You should also take extra precautions if you are at high risk for a serious illness.
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