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COVID-19: How Cases in the Battle Creek, MI Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 6/14/2021 Evan Comen

a close up of a man © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The U.S. reported over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus on June 10, bringing the total count to more than 33.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 592,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Battle Creek, MI metro area consists of just Calhoun County. As of June 10, there were 10,785.9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Battle Creek residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Battle Creek metro area, unemployment peaked at 25.6% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.5%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Battle Creek, MI metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Michigan where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it's still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents
24340 Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 1,062,392 118,170 11,123.0 1,473 138.6
40980 Saginaw, MI 191,821 21,319 11,114.0 611 318.5
13020 Bay City, MI 104,104 11,231 10,788.3 351 337.2
12980 Battle Creek, MI 134,212 14,476 10,785.9 313 233.2
33780 Monroe, MI 149,727 15,374 10,268.0 261 174.3
22420 Flint, MI 407,875 41,665 10,215.1 956 234.4
35660 Niles, MI 154,133 15,447 10,021.9 288 186.9
27100 Jackson, MI 158,636 15,775 9,944.1 288 181.5
19820 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,317,848 427,403 9,898.5 10,773 249.5
34740 Muskegon, MI 173,297 16,191 9,342.9 367 211.8
33220 Midland, MI 83,355 7,545 9,051.6 91 109.2
29620 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 546,772 48,952 8,952.9 788 144.1
28020 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 262,745 23,072 8,781.1 398 151.5
11460 Ann Arbor, MI 367,000 26,419 7,198.6 297 80.9

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