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No Hospitalized COVID Patients, Hospital 38% Full, State Calls Hillsdale County Risk 'Medium-High'

State officials not amused that college there held live graduation ceremony

Hillsdale College held its in-person graduation ceremony on July 18. The event capped three days of festivities, according to the Detroit News.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called the celebration a violation of the law according to media reports, because it drew more than the 100 people permitted at an outdoor event in that region under continuing state epidemic lockdown orders.

As of July 22, the state of Michigan had listed Hillsdale County as a “medium-high risk” area.

On July 20, Hillsdale Hospital was listed as having zero COVID-19 patients and a bed occupancy rate of just 38%, according to the state of Michigan.

As of July 22, Hillsdale County’s new cases rate and positive test rate were both listed as “low risk,” according to the state. But the official state epidemic severity map still listed the county as “medium-high” risk.