COVID-19 Update – October 22, 2020

It seems that all the news about coronavirus lately is discouraging. Daily new cases and the 7-day average positivity rate are still elevated in Michigan. In fact, On October 18 the daily positivity rate rose to 6.14%. Thankfully the next day it was back down to 4.8%, but that’s still higher than officials would like it to be. And attempting to help reduce spread, Washtenaw County health officials issued a stay-in-place order, which includes University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor.

But on a more positive note, two days ago NPR reported on two new studies that show “a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions.” The studies found that death rates among hospitalized patients fell from 25.6% (at the start of the pandemic) to 7.6% today. These drops are seen across all ages, underlying conditions, and racial groups – which is great news. In fact, these studies have some doctors starting to talk about viral attenuation, meaning that the virus might be starting to weaken.

To help reduce coronavirus spread, Extend Your Reach continues to promote safety and social distancing protocols. We’re happy to connect virtually or in-person, and we’re always ready to help however you need us. Check out our services online at or reach out to discuss how we can work together to grow your business: or 800-887-1959.

Stay safe!

Jay Gillotte
CEO, Extend Your Reach

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