FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Genesee County is reporting a downward trend in COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight week after a month-long struggle to slow the spread.
The weekly data report released by the county’s health department reveals Genesee County has 1,179 cases confirmed for the week of January 29th down from 4,597 confirmed cases, a decrease of more than 50 percent.
“Omicron is still very dangerous, but the fact that we have so many people vaccinated means even though it's super infectious, many fewer people are getting sick as a percentage of the people who are sick,” Rick Sadler said.
Rick Sadler is an associate professor in the division of Public Health at Michigan state. He adds that the decline shows the natural progress of the pandemic.
“The fact that there are fewer and fewer people available to get infected,” Sadler said. “The more people you take offline with recent infection, or vaccination or boosting that have had a booster, the harder it is for it to keep spreading.”
So far, a little more than 51 percent of Genesee county residents are vaccinated. Sadler says as those vaccination rates go up the drop in COVID is likely to continue in the coming months.
“It'd be my guess that April, May, June would be pretty chill, unless there's another new variant that comes along,” Sadler said.
Testing positivity rate is also on the decline across all of Michigan. Genesee County reports their average rate is around 26%.