Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

COVID-19 Outbreak in Barry-Eaton


The Barry-Eaton District Health Department is warning that due to the extreme increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area, contact tracing will now be prioritized based on risk.

In Eaton County the COVID-19 infection rate is ten times higher than it was in September. In Barry County, numbers are 17 times as high as two months ago. 

Anne Barna is an official with the Barry Eaton District Health Department.

“We're seeing upwards of 100 new cases a day. And for our staff, we have 55 staff total. It's becoming incredibly difficult for us to keep up with that volume.”

She says the department only has the capacity to make contact with high priority COVID-19 cases, like those happening in nursing homes or schools.

Barna recommends all Eaton and Barry county residents stay home if they are sick and to quarantine for a minimum of two weeks if they hear they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.