Mt. Pleasant Area Ranked 9th in the Nation for Most New COVID-19 Cases By Population, 1st for Fastest Increase

As the state becomes the nations coronavirus hotspot, the Mt. Pleasant Metro Area is on the top of the leaderboard for the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases.

“It’s not super surprising, but it’s very disappointing,” says McKayla, who lives in Isabella County.

According to the New York Times, the Mt. Pleasant area is ninth in the nation for having the most new COVID-19 cases by population, and number one for places where cases are rising the fastest.

Jennifer Morse, medical director for the Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD), says, “We have had a pretty big increase in COVID-19 cases relatively suddenly, so that will cause our increase in COVID-19 cases to show up on databases like that.”

CMDHD says the new cases are primarily young people who have been traveling and continue to gather in large groups.

“The perception I think people have is that it’s safe to do all of that, and it’s not right now. We need to continue to distance from each other, stay out of group gatherings, continue to wear our masks when we are in any type of public setting,” says Morse.

Central Michigan University has a rolling seven-day average of 15.71 new cases per day.

The university says anyone who has traveled is encouraged to get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus.

McKayla says, “Honesty I wish I could say I was surprised but Central is kind of known as a party school so a lot of time we have kids leaving for spring break, going back to their homes in different states and cities.”

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for people 16 and older, CMDHD is encouraging young people to get vaccinated.

“If we don’t get our young population vaccinated it is going to be really, really hard to stop the pandemic, because we will always have this boiling undercurrent of infection that will continue to spread,” says Morse.

As well as stay away from large social gatherings and continue to wear a mask.

“Unless people stop doing things that really spread it, it’s not going to stop spreading,” says Morse.