Dashboard rates counties by COVID risk

A tool from Harvard color codes counties according to their rates of infection.

Kalamazoo is firmly in the yellow. That’s the color indicating there is community spread according to the Harvard Global Health Initiative, which developed a dashboard for tracking COVID-19 risk in every county in the country.

The site measures each county’s risk level and assigns it a color according to the infection rate over the past seven days. Yellow counties have an average of between one and nine cases per 100,000 people per day. Kalamazoo County’s average, as of Saturday, was 5.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Most of Michigan is in the yellow zone. Ten counties are in the green zone, meaning they have fewer than one case per 100,000 residents. Nine counties are orange – 10 to 24 cases per 100,000.

Just three counties are in the red zone – 25 or more cases per 100,000 residents – indicating dramatic measures may need to be taken to contain the virus. Ontonagon, Menominee, and Luce counties are all in the upper peninsula and may be having a lot of visitors from neighboring Wisconsin where restrictions aren’t as strict.

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