Health experts say Michigan is at a “tipping point” in the fight against COVID

Experts point to a combination of rising infection counts and lower vigilance against the virus as signs of trouble.

Health experts across Michigan say we are at a “tipping point” in the struggle to contain COVID-19 – one that could send the state into a second wave of infections.

After decreasing in June, COVID-19 infection rates have been trending upwards the past few weeks. In an article on MLive, several medical professionals and business leaders said Michiganders need to be more cautious.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

A weekday morning email roundup of Kalamazoo stories and events.

“The combination of rising case counts and declining vigilance by many is placing our state at a tipping point in our battle with this disease,” said Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “We cannot become complacent. We’ve come too far to yield hard fought gains now.”

Some of the worry comes from recent polling data showing that state residents are less rigorous about following state health guidelines.

A survey conducted in June by TargetPoint Consulting showed that only about half of Michigan adults are committed to following health and safety protocols.

You can read more here.

Support local. Donate today to Kalamazoo's only locally owned and independent daily news organization.