University of Michigan study finds the "Pause to Save Lives" prevented thousands of positive Covid cases

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NILES, Mich.--- A University of Michigan study found the state's "Pause to Save Lives" initiative prevented thousands of positive Coronavirus cases. The study which observed trends from November 15th through January 8th found Michigan prevented 109,000 positive Covid cases and 2,800 deaths. 

"We know now, through those projections and modeling, that the things we did: the closures, the masking, the distancing, they worked. We were able to prevent more Covid-19 cases and prevent deaths from happening," said Gillian Conrad, Communications Manager for the Berrien County Health Department.

The study also found that the state of Indiana, which had looser restrictions during that time period had the most positive Covid cases in the Midwest. 

"Some places in our country had Coronavirus cases skyrocket during the holidays and that led to thousands of deaths happening across the country," said Conrad.

Michigan has now relaxed some of its Covid restrictions, allowing restaurants to resume dine-in services at 25 percent capacity. 

"We’ve now moved a little bit away from the Pause and of course we’re going to use every precaution that we can and we’re definitely focused on the guests’ safety and their comfort more than anything else," said Nate Barnett, General Manager of Create Bar and Grill in Niles. 

Local officials say although restrictions are being eased, Michiganders still need to be cautious. 

"We have to remember the importance of those mitigation strategies, including wearing our masks, including avoiding indoor gatherings, we’ve got to keep these things up for a little while longer," said Conrad. 

To find the full study, click here.

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