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Some officials in Kalkaska and Grand Traverse counties have denied funding for needle exchange programs, arguing they encourage drug use. Such fears have been refuted by decades of research showing exchanges reduce HIV and other health problems and encourage more people to seek treatment.
As residents make plans to leave home after COVID, an often-fatal disease associated with mouse poop was discovered for the first time in Michigan. But the more widespread danger comes from a proliferation of ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.
Other states are getting creative in efforts to get shots into the arms of the vaccine-hesitant. Michigan hasn’t done that so far, prompting debate about whether the state should do more to move the needle.
In a major step on the road toward normalcy, the CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans need no longer mask or socially distance in most settings. The move poses hard questions for Michigan schools and businesses.
After months of waiting lists and people frantic to get protected against COVID-19, public health workers are now waging a ground game to get Michigan to vaccinate the reluctant and hard-to-reach. Wednesday’s ship clinic illustrates the brutal challenge ahead.
In just under a month, the number of COVID-19 patients in Michigan receiving monoclonal antibody treatments soared by more than 300 percent, from about 500 patients the week for March 24, to about 1,700 the week of April 21.
Vaccinating Michigan teens and young adults will be key to lifting pandemic limits and reaching herd immunity. Health officials are scrambling to make COVID vaccines available to high school students, who are getting shots at far lower rates.
The study, released after the CDC relaxed new guidelines for vaccinated people, is a reminder for Michiganders that your immunity against the virus isn’t fully realized until at least two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Whitmer, who has faced criticism from Republicans and business groups for not linking COVID restrictions to identified metrics, changed that approach. Her new plan offers economic and social incentives for residents to get vaccinated.