TRI-CITY AREA — The current level of community transmission in both Lapeer and St. Clair counties remains high but there continue to be some signs of improvement in the latest COVID-19 statistics.

In Lapeer County, the number of new cases (212) and deaths (two) recorded between October 16-22 were lower than the week prior. Additionally, hospitalizations appear to declining as well. The number of residents needing hospital care peaked at 13 with four in the intensive care unit, down from 16 and seven respectively.

Lapeer County’s positive test rate did increase slightly going from 18 to 18.5 percent.

In St. Clair County, there was a slight increase in the number of new cases (488) and deaths (eight) week-over-week while two fewer hospitalizations were recorded. The county’s positive test rate went from 12 to 13.9 percent.

As of Friday, Oct. 22, 48.6 percent of Lapeer and 51.8 percent of St. Clair county residents were fully vaccinated. That compares to nearly 60 percent of all Michigan residents are fully vaccinated.