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Health officials expect low COVID case rates over summer

WCMU Public Radio

Ingham County’s top health official says low COVID-19 case rates are likely this summer.

No new COVID cases were reported to the county Tuesday, the first time that has happened since last June.

Health Officer Linda Vail says the number of new coronavirus cases in Ingham County is small enough that the graph depicting the county’s cumulative total during the pandemic has flattened.

Vail adds that the rate of positive COVID test results has been slow to fall below the goal of three percent, but it recently dropped to two percent.

“You expect those things to come down together, and you expect hospitalizations and deaths to lag behind them.”

That’s exactly what has been happening. Only two people are currently in intensive care at Lansing hospitals, and only one is on a ventilator.