Thursday, Oct. 15, coronavirus data by Michigan county: Calhoun now red; Macomb, Washtenaw, Bay, Gladwin, Montcalm now orange

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Forty-one of Michigan’s 83 counties are now experiencing accelerated rates of COVID-19 transmission, based on a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Initiative to assess coronavirus risk levels.Calhoun has become the ninth Michigan county to move into the red zone, while Macomb, Washtenaw, Bay, Gladwin and Montcalm are the newest counties shifting from yellow to orange.Red indicates dangerously high levels of coronavirus, and orange signifies heightened concern, according to the Harvard Institute, which looks at the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents. The newest assessment is based on data for Oct. 8-14.The code red counties — which means they have a seven-day average of more than 25 new cases a day per 100,000 residents — are Dickinson (62 cases per 100,000 residents), Delta (50), Iron (48), Alger (47), Menominee (41), Mackinac (36), Houghton (28), Keweenaw (27) and Calhoun (26).All but Calhoun are in the Upper Peninsula.The U.P. also has six counties that are orange, which means a seven-day average between 10 and 25 cases per day per 100,000. Those counties and their rates per 100,000 residents: Ontonagon (25), Gogebic (22), Marquette (21), Baraga (21), Schoolcraft (18) and Luce (14).The only U.P. county not on those lists is Chippewa, which includes Sault Ste. Marie.The Lower Peninsula has 26 orange counties. The list is …

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