Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases and related deaths in Michigan over the last four weeks, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an October 29, 2020 Epidemic Order extending and revising its previous order issued on October 9, 2020. In support of its orders, MDHHS notes that the over the past four weeks the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased from 2% to 5.5%, hospitalizations have doubled over the past three weeks, and the state death rate has increased for five consecutive weeks. It further identifies delays between exposure and onset of symptoms as a reason for the increase in cases.
The new order includes the following changes:
The order is effective immediately, with the exception of contact tracing for food establishments, which does not take effect until November 2, 2020. As Michigan heads into cold and flu season and the holidays, we anticipate the MDHHS to continue to issue additional and stricter restrictions.
1 Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa Counties.