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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. 6/28/2022 Evan Comen

© Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The U.S. reported over 665,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending June 26, bringing the total count to more than 85.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 1,005,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. In the past week, there were an average of 26.4 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 32.0 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.

In the 50 largest metro areas, the incidence of COVID-19 grew at an average rate of 29.3 new cases a day per 100,000 residents in the past week -- 14.3% greater than the case growth in all counties outside of metro areas.

The Battle Creek, MI metro area consists of just Calhoun County. As of June 26, there were 26,980.4 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 26,532.2 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 November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.9%.

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 June 26 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 26 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 26 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 26 per 100,000 residents
33780 Monroe, MI 149,727 41,114 27,459.3 481 321.3
40980 Saginaw, MI 191,821 52,590 27,416.2 964 502.6
13020 Bay City, MI 104,104 28,505 27,381.3 599 575.4
24340 Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 1,062,392 288,743 27,178.6 2,744 258.3
12980 Battle Creek, MI 134,212 36,211 26,980.4 584 435.1
22420 Flint, MI 407,875 108,104 26,504.2 1,776 435.4
27100 Jackson, MI 158,636 41,975 26,459.9 569 358.7
19820 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,317,848 1,124,791 26,049.8 17,762 411.4
29620 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 546,772 140,827 25,756.1 1,636 299.2
33220 Midland, MI 83,355 20,345 24,407.7 231 277.1
11460 Ann Arbor, MI 367,000 89,543 24,398.6 529 144.1
28020 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 262,745 63,932 24,332.3 683 259.9
34740 Muskegon, MI 173,297 41,867 24,159.1 644 371.6
35660 Niles, MI 154,133 36,566 23,723.7 574 372.4

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