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Washtenaw County COVID-19 cases headed in the right direction

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Health officials in Washtenaw County are reporting an easing of COVID-19 cases. But at the same time, they are urging people to stay vigilant while the virus is still prevalent in the community.

The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County showed decreases for the second week in a row, and the level of community spread as designated by the CDC maintained its medium status in the county, meaning masking is not required indoors or outdoors in the county.

But the number of cases for 5-11 year-olds and the number of hospitalizations in Washtenaw County have both increased.

And that, says the county’s health department spokesperson, Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, is a reminder that there are still significant amounts of the virus circulating.

"The virus hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still out there. It’s still capable of causing severe illness."

As a result, even though masking is not required, she does encourage precautions in settings with more vulnerable people.

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Cathy Shafran is WEMU's afternoon news anchor and local host during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
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