TRI-CITY AREA — In the span of one week, both Lapeer and St. Clair counties’ COVID-19 deaths have doubled. Last week Tuesday, Lapeer officials announced the first deaths attributed to the virus. Three were reported that morning and a fourth was announced later in the day. Since then, four more deaths have occurred. The most recent, confirmed on Monday, April 13, included one male and one female, both in their 50s. As of Monday, Lapeer County has had 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

In St. Clair County, six resident deaths are being attributed to the virus. One week prior, there were three deaths from coronavirus complications, plus one out-of-county resident. As of Monday morning, April 13, the county’s health department was reporting 219 total cases
The county continues to expand the way they report COVID-19 statistics. Graphs and charts now include information on how many of the positive cases were hospitalized—59 so far. Last week, they also began mapping cases, showing case counts per township, city and village.

Local and state leaders are expressing optimism that the situation could be improving.

On Monday, Lapeer County Health Department Director Kathy Haskins said, “Yesterday the statewide case count increased by 645 cases. The day prior, it had increased by 1210 cases, and last week the numbers were much higher, with a peak of 1,953 cases on April 3. While today’s (April 13) count is up 997 cases, in general there appears to be some encouragement that a general downward trend in case counts may be happening. Hopefully this trend will continue, and we can soon turn it around here in Lapeer County as well.”

As of Monday, the state was reporting 25,635 cases and 1,602 deaths.

“Now is not the time to relax our guard. Please continue to stay home and look out for the health of all in our community. Social distancing does work but only if we ‘stay the course,’” Haskins added.