There never will be any pandemic news to cheer, this year or ever. Too many suffer and too many are lost.
Yet steps toward somewhat brighter days, such as this encouraging trend above, are worth tracking and welcoming for the promise they carry.
Detroit and the surrounding six counties – Michigan’s most populous region – rank as “flat or decreasing” for new cases and deaths on a New York Times interactive database of metropolitan areas with more than 50,000 people.
The Southeast Michigan area ranks 82nd for new Covid cases in the past two weeks with a rate of 1.33 new diagnoses per 1,000 residents. (As of Tuesday, that’s 5,766 cases among 4.3 million people in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer Livingston and St. Clair, a federally designated metropolitan statistical area with 4.3 million people.)
The region ranks 10th for new deaths from the lung virus in the past 14 days, with 0.27 per 1,000 people (1,155 fatalities recorded through Tuesday).
Though the raw numbers remain high, they no longer climb as alarmingly…