LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave an update on COVID-19 in Michigan on Wednesday, talking about whether restrictions, a worrying trend in indicators and a new phase of vaccinations are easing or tightening.
Michigan is entering a new phase COVID-19 vaccinationsincluding teachers, first aiders, childcare providers and residents over 65 years of age.
THE Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that a new phase of vaccinations will begin on Monday (January 11).
At this stage of vaccine distribution, core workers at the front include police officers, first aiders, frontal state and federal workers, prisons and prison staff, Pre-K – 12.
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Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the director general of MDHHS, updated the state’s three key COVID-19 indicators and mentioned some of the trends.
Michigan has 237 COVID-19 cases per million people nationwide, 198 million / million in the Traverse City region and 342 / million in the Jackson region.
Unfortunately, Khaldun said the case rate has risen over the past week after a clear decline of 46 days.
The state’s positivity rate, down to 8.2% on Dec. 27, has risen significantly, he said. This now reaches 9.6%.
Khaldun says hospital care is still going down. While 19.6% of inpatient beds were employed by COVID-19 patients on December 4, that number drops to 12.6%, according to Wednesday’s update.
On Monday, Michigan has blurred the 500,000 mark for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“The state of Michigan recorded our 500,000th confirmed case,” Whitmer said. “More than 12,000 Michigander died from the virus, and that’s more than 12,000 families, friends and co-workers, and loved ones who came without a loved one for the new year.”
Whitmer said the virus is still present in the state and has encouraged residents to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing, even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
He said anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine should start making plans for it.
Whitmer also mentioned the new COVID-19 thread, which has been reported in the UK and some US states
Whitmer said the virus had mutated. According to Khaldun, the new version may be easier to distribute than the one that was previously in the country.
“While we haven’t identified this version in the state of Michigan yet, it’s very likely that it’s already here or will be here soon, so that’s worrying,” Khaldun said.
As the state prepares to move to a new phase of vaccinations, Khladun looked back for a moment on the first three weeks of vaccinations.
He said 152,511 vaccinations were given in the state on January 5th. Of this dose, more than 8,326 were used in long-term care facilities and more than 800 providers were included in the vaccination program.
In Michigan, it is expected that 90% of the doses received at any facility in the state will be used within seven days.
“We’re also seeing progress in the speed of vaccinations,” Khaldun said.
In a discussion with the CDC, he said Michigan is one of the country’s most important states in terms of vaccination efforts.
“There’s more work to be done, but we’re definitely moving forward,” Khaldun said.
Between the affected trends in the metrics and a possible new version of the virus, if Michiganders can count on it Limitations of MDHHS can it be extended beyond the current deadline of 15 January? Or even stricter rules?
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“I think it’s very clear that the break has worked,” Whitmer said. “Our numbers dropped when we started the break, just like we did in the spring when we performed and pushed back on our personal activities.”
Whitmer said travel time has increased during the recent holiday season, so officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 numbers.
“The order from MDHHS is in effect going through (January 15), so I’d wait a few more days for data before determining what the next steps would look like,” Whitmer said.
On Wednesday, Michigan reported 4,226 new COVID-19 cases and 51 additional deaths, representing a total of 508,736 confirmed cases and 12,918 deaths to the state since the start of the pandemic.
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