Steve Polet holds a sign during a protest at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Virus Outbreak Michigan
Steve Polet holds a sign during a protest at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The daily update on the pandemic coronavirus shows significant slowing of the disease’s spread. But we may be critically unprepared for a second wave. 

MICHIGAN — Michigan announced dipping back below 100 daily deaths and 1,000 daily new cases related to the novel coronavirus Thursday. This ends April down significantly from its worst days at the start of the month, with daily cases nearing 2,000 and deaths topping 200.

The slowed rate of growth might be endangered, however, by protests that took place in Lansing Thursday. This is both because of the message of those protesters, as well as their means. 

As the Hill reports, hundreds of protesters gathered in Lansing to push the state to reopen sectors of the economy faster than is currently planned. In particular they wanted the Republican-controlled Legislature to refuse to extend the emergency declaration that many of the coronavirus response measures have grounded themselves in. And the Associated Press reports that is exactly what Michigan’s house did.

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But more than that, simply the means of protest could lay the groundwork for a dangerous resurgence of the virus. Because more protesters pictured had rain ponchos than had face masks, the risk of the defiance of social distancing practices could contribute to the pandemic’s spread. And because protesters came from all across Michigan, it could stress counties who presently have their coronavirus caseloads managed. 

Speaking about the previous round of Lansing protests, West Michigan ER Dr. Rob Davidson expressed concerns to The ‘Gander that protests without some adaptation to the virus are the groundwork for a second wave. Worse, because of the virus’ incubation period it will be weeks before the actual health effects of the protest are known.

“I am concerned that the Lansing protests likely exposed a significant number of people to SARSCov2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) who then brought it back to their communities,” Davidson said. “We will not see the impact of that for a few weeks.”

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And if protesters get their way, we’ll be back at square one when that happens. 

The 79 new deaths were reported on Thursday, and an additional 40 previously unreported deaths were added to the total through the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, bringing the total deaths to 3,789. And 980 new confirmed cases brings Michigan’s total to 41,379. The Case Fatality Rate is holding steady at 9.1%.

According to the daily update from the state, the county-level breakdown is as follows:

  • Alcona: 4 (1 death)
  • Allegan: 98 (2 deaths)  
  • Alpena: 82 (5 deaths)
  • Antrim: 10 
  • Arenac:24 (1 death)  
  • Barry: 35 (1 death)
  • Bay: 143 (4 deaths)
  • Benzie: 6
  • Berrien: 248 (15 deaths)
  • Branch: 63 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 228 (13 deaths)
  • Cass: 31 (2 deaths)
  • Charlevoix: 13 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 19 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 2
  • Clare: 11 (1 death)
  • Clinton: 118 (9 deaths)
  • Crawford: 54 (4 death)
  • Delta: 13 (2 deaths)
  • Dickinson: 3 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 131 (6 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 1581 (188 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 15 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 4 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 19 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 13 (1 death)
  • Hillsdale: 125 (17 deaths)
  • Houghton 2
  • Huron: 17
  • Ingham: 470 (11 deaths)
  • Ionia: 76 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 52 (4 death)
  • Isabella: 61 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 364 (22 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 364 (13 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 1,479 (33 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 170 (24 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 9
  • Lenawee: 93 (2 deaths)
  • Livingston: 337 (19 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 6
  • Macomb: 5,513 (603 deaths)
  • Manistee: 11
  • Marquette: 46 (8 deaths)
  • Mason:11
  • Mecosta: 14 (1 death)
  • Menominee: 5
  • Midland: 61 (5 deaths)
  • Missaukee: 15 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 287 (12 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 40 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 5
  • Muskegon: 276 (17 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 22
  • Oakland: 7,276 (696 deaths)
  • Oceana: 9 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 13
  • Osceola: 8
  • Oscoda: 5 
  • Otsego: 92 (8 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 236 (9 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 11
  • Roscommon: 16
  • Saginaw: 633 (59 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 35 (4 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 3
  • Shiawassee: 180 (10 deaths)
  • St Clair: 328 (21 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 32 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 105 (14 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 49 (2 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 1,075 (61 deaths)
  • Wayne: 16,729 (1,782 deaths) (Detroit alone has 9,057 cases and 1,035 deaths)
  • Wexford: 9 (2 deaths)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 1,453 (42 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 88 (2 deaths)
  • Out of State: 32

Total: 41,379 cases, 3,789 deaths

Nationally, 1,057,812 people have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus and 61,755 have died, reports the New York Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.