State to halt Sunday COVID reporting

State officials cite reporting irregularities and overworked epidemiologists as the reason for the change.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced they are going to stop reporting COVID-19 infection numbers on Sundays beginning this weekend, according to a report from Crain’s Detroit Business.

The director of the MDHHS, Robert Gordon, said the change is partly meant to give a break to the department’s epidemiologist who have been working seven days per week since the start of the pandemic in March.

It’s also to help even out reporting irregularities that have been popping up on Sundays.

“That Sunday report is often particularly bouncy because there are more irregularities of testing on the weekends,” said Gordon.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

A weekday morning email roundup of Kalamazoo stories and events.

Sunday reports often show much lower numbers of COVID-19 infections than other days due to some counties not reporting until the next day.

Gordon said the department would resume Sunday reporting if there is a significant surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan.

You can read the full story here.

Independent journalism is essential to a healthy democracy. Make a donation today.

We won five Michigan Press Association awards, thanks to you!

Click here to see which ones