TRI-CITY AREA — Local health departments reported fewer deaths from COVID-19 in the past week, but hundreds of new cases continue to be reported in both Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

Lapeer County recorded four deaths between Nov. 24-30, one less than the week prior. There were 492 new confirmed cases in the past week, an increase over the 416 from Nov. 17-23.

As of Monday, Nov. 30, Lapeer County had 2,297 confirmed cases, 282 probable and 52 deaths.

The Health Department’s Kathy Haskins said Lapeer County has risen in the ranks as compared to other counties in terms of daily new cases per 100,000. Last week, Lapeer was 37 out of 83 counties. This week they were 19th.

“As of this (Monday) morning there were 27 confirmed cases hospitalized locally, with six in ICU, of which four were on ventilators,” Haskins said.

She noted there’s no one hospitalized locally with influenza.

In St. Clair County, five virus deaths were recorded between Nov. 24-30, a drop from eight the week prior. There were 693 new cases in the past week, a decrease from the 823 reported Nov. 17-23.

The county’s number of active cases increased by 403 over the last seven days as compared to 420 the week prior.

As of Monday, Nov. 30, St. Clair County had 4,494 total cases, 82 deaths and 2,582 active cases.

According to place-based reporting from the health department, as of Nov. 27 Lynn Township has had a total of 21 COVID-19 cases, Mussey Twp. had 53, Berlin Twp. had 120 and the village of Capac recorded 118.