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Health department report paints bleak picture of COVID in Livingston County

The number of COVID cases in Livingston County increased a whopping 2033% since July 1, 2021, according to a report released by the Livingston County Health Department.

The numbers paint a scary picture of COVID in the community as it remains in the high risk category.

The health department calls the rise in hospitalizations and deaths  “alarming,” and with St. Joseph Mercy Livingston reaching 100% capacity, further pressure is being placed on the county’s front-line healthcare staff.

Currently, there are 637 cases per 100,000 residents, nearly double from what it was in October, when there were 335 cases per 100,000 residents. The average age of people with confirmed or probable COVID is 49, though the range is from 30 days old to 97 years old, with most of the cases occurring in those under 60.

In just the last month, the 31 deaths in Livingston represents a 3% increase. In total, there have been 259 COVID-related deaths in the community since the pandemic began.

The 7-day rate of positive COVID tests in Livingston County on Nov. 28, 2021, is 21 percent, 2 points higher than the state’s rate.

You can read the Livingston County Health Department report below:

LCHD-COVID19-Report-1dec21

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