Morning Briefing Feb. 24, 2021: What makes J&J vaccine different, a look back at Detroit’s first hospital for Black residents, latest on Tiger Woods after crash, more

Here are this morning’s top stories

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What makes J&J vaccine different

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.

On Friday, the agency’s independent advisers will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend the long-anticipated shot. The FDA is expected to make a final decision within days.

Our Dr. Frank McGeorge has everything you want to know about the J&J vaccine:



Historic Dunbar Hospital: Detroit’s first for Black residents

Black doctors needed to establish their own hospitals in 20th-century Detroit due to segregation.

Dunbar Hospital was the first of its kind in the city. The house that was once this hospital still stands at 580 Frederick Street.

Here’s its story -- watch here.


Tiger Woods faces hard recovery

AP: In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces his toughest recovery of all.

Woods was driving through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes before it toppled down an embankment, coming to a halt on its side.

The airbags deployed. A sheriff’s deputy poked his head through a hole in the windshield to see Woods, still wearing his seatbelt, sitting in the driver’s seat.

The crash caused “significant” injuries all down his right leg that featured rods, pins and screws during what was described as a “long surgical procedure” at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Read more here.


Weather: Highs in the mid 40s again

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Coronavirus in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 582,719 as of Tuesday, including 15,396 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update includes a total of 1,316 new cases and 34 additional deaths. On Monday, the state reported 581,403 confirmed cases, including 15,362 deaths.

New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths have slowed. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate down below 4.0% as of Monday. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 845 on Monday -- near the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 26 on Monday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 36,700 on Monday -- near the lowest it’s been since October. More than 529,000 have recovered in Michigan.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.