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State of Michigan Again Offering Conflicting, Confusing Data On COVID-19

By state's own measures, Lansing region should not be classified as ‘high risk’

The state of Michigan continues to provide conflicting and confusing information on its official COVID-19 site.

For example, its COVID-19 map has the Lansing region (Ingham, Eaton, Shiawassee, Gratiot and Clinton counties) classified as “high risk” as of July 19.

But the two indicators the state lists for classifying risk levels show that the region isn’t close to being at a high risk level.

The positive test rate is 2.0%, which is deemed to be “low.” The new case threshold of 25.8 per million is classified as a “medium high” risk level.

And the seven-day average for deaths in that region is 0.0. That’s no deaths.

The MI Safe Start Map states, “7/12/20 Update Lansing region remains high until the case rate has declined for two weeks.”

However, according to that site, the Lansing region’s seven-day average for new cases peaked at 58.0 per million on June 27. As of July 19, it was at 25.8 per million. That’s three-plus weeks of decline.

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