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This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.
With white residents overrepresented at the county’s first vaccination sites, county officials and Spectrum Health partnered to open clinics specifically geared to advantage Black and Hispanic residents in those areas.
Inoculation rates for older residents vary widely in Michigan. It’s one-third in some areas and 80 percent in others. That has some worried as eligibility expands to those 50 and older with underlying conditions Monday.
Wednesday’s announcement of Michigan vaccine eligibility more than doubles the number of residents eligible for a vaccine, and opens vaccinations to an age group that has comprised nearly 97 percent of COVID deaths in the state.
Masks, plexiglass and canceled vacations during the pandemic all likely contributed to a dramatic drop in influenza cases in Michigan. The safety measures may also explain drops in other respiratory ailments.
Supplies can vary widely in neighboring counties because Michigan is using a complicated formula for distributing vaccines. That’s left some seniors frustrated, but Michigan officials say help is on the way.
Senior care facilities across much of Michigan can now resume indoor visits, yet few appear to be doing so. We highlight places applying DIY creativity to bring lonely residents face to face with those they love.
In addition, Michigan health officials say the state will provide hard-to-get coronavirus vaccines to health providers who “are removing barriers to access” for the most vulnerable, who are often left behind by the healthcare system