(WXYZ) – The Centers for Disease Control has updated the COVID-19 Community Risk Level, placing nearly all of Southeast Michigan in the high risk level for community transmission.
The updated map places Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair counties at high risk. Monroe and Lenawee counties are at medium risk for community transmission.
Several other counties in other parts of the state are also at this level.
When a county is at high risk for community transmission, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public and on public transportation.
Oakland County doctors say now is not the time to let our guard down.
“I want people to protect themselves and the people around them,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, infectious disease specialist at Beaumont Health.
Sims says it’s about population and testing.
“We have the highest population density in Michigan, so you come into contact with more people,” he said. “Our numbers have slowly but surely increased in hospitals.”
“I still see people getting really sick from it. We still see some dead ones,” Sims continued.
America has 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 dinner table – each an irreplaceable loss.”
Sims said: “I remember when this started, we were saying if we didn’t get this under control we would 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 symptoms. You should also take extra precautions if you are at high risk of serious illness.
Additional coronavirus information and resources:
See a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
See full coverage on our Coronavirus continuous cover page.