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Ingham County Health Officer: COVID-19 Cases Rise, Rate Flattening

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Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail, speaking with reporters via Zoom on Tuesday

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, but at a flattening rate, in Ingham County.

At her weekly COVID-19 media briefing, Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says Ingham County has now surpassed 8,000 confirmed cases, and the death toll is now over 100. “We now have 102 deaths in Ingham County," Vail told reporters on Tuesday. "We are currently monitoring 3,322 cases, and we have 4,581 that have recovered.”

Those deaths in Ingham County are up from 90 a week ago.

Vail does see some hopeful signs, though, in the hospitalization rate. “It does look like we’re at least flattening with regard to those hospitalizations," she concludes. "So, hopefully, that flattening continues and case counts or hospitalizations begin to come down.”

At this time, there are 161 total confirmed or suspected cases at Sparrow and McLaren Hospitals. Twenty of those are in intensive care, and 16 are on ventilators.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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