County's interactive map displays virus cases by zip code

Oakland County deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases doubled overnight. They went from a total of 29 on Sunday to a total of 60 on Monday, an increase of 31 deaths, which prompted County Executive David Coulter to plea with residents to stay home.

“Any of us is at risk of getting COVID-19… All of us must take the maximum precautions at this time. Please, please, please stay home. Follow the governor’s orders. Take this seriously. We have not reached our peak yet,” Coulter said.

He also announced that residents can now view the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code on a map which can be found on the county’s coronavirus website, OakGov.com/COVID. Coulter and the Oakland County Health Division cautioned that these maps do not provide a complete picture of how the disease is being transmitted. The maps show in which zip codes confirmed COVID-19 cases live, but do not indicate where they were exposed to the disease.

“Although there may be a higher rate in a certain city, village, or township or zip code, that is not necessarily where they were exposed,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, Oakland County health officer.

“Just because a community has more or fewer cases, it is not an indication of the relative safety in those communities,” Coulter said. “COVID-19 is in every community in Oakland County. No matter where you live, you should stay at home and take the precautions we’ve talked about so often, especially if you must go out.”

There are numerous factors which can contribute to a higher number in a community including access to health care, access to COVID-19 testing sites, and it could be an indication of something going on in the community.

For additional information, go to Oakland County’s COVID-19 dashboard at OakGov.com/COVID.

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