The country is a study in contrasts. Reports of high-level cases continue in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and other states in the Northeast, and disturbing evictions have surfaced in Illinois, Minnesota, and some other Midwestern states. But case numbers are relatively low in most parts of the south and west.
California is reporting a decline with about 2,600 cases per day, compared to more than 40,000 daily during January. Arizona averages about 550 cases a day, down from more than 10,000. And in Arkansas, fewer than 200 cases have been announced in the last two weeks, less than 40 percent.
But if any place sees the danger of a new surge, it is Michigan.
Health officials partially attributed the rapid increase in cases of type B.1.1.7 that were originally identified in the UK and are widespread in Michigan. But they have seen wearing masks to relax, social distinctions and other strategies to slow the spread of the virus, which has been vaccinated to a large portion of the population – a widespread return to life has been seen several weeks earlier.
More than 2,200 coronovirus patients have been hospitalized across the state, a figure that has more than doubled since the beginning of March. The Henry Ford system’s five hospitals in the Detroit area had a total of 75 coronovirus patients in the week of March 8; As of Tuesday, the hospital had up to 267 patients. In response to the latest increase, the health system on Monday announced it would reinstate a policy limiting visitors to many hospitals.
The Chief Clinical Officer of Henry Ford Health System, Drs. Adnan Munkarah said coronovirus patients are surviving the disease in 2020, as they are younger.
But he is disappointed, he said, and his employees are tired. “We were hoping that by now, we would have things under better control,” he said.