Morning Briefing May 4, 2021: Ford Field now offering walk-in vaccinations, teen charged with murder in fatal Sterling Heights car crash

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FILE  In this Friday, March 5, 2021 file photo, health care worker Maggie Sedidi receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Soweto, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)
FILE In this Friday, March 5, 2021 file photo, health care worker Maggie Sedidi receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Soweto, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Ford Field opens for walk-ins: J&J one-shot and Pfizer second dose available to all

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be available at Ford Field in Detroit from starting Tuesday through May 17.

The site will also be offering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone who needs it no matter where the first dose was received. The patient must have received the first dose 21 days before receiving the second dose and they should bring their vaccination card with them.

Learn more here.

Teen faces murder charges in Sterling Heights car crash that killed 20-year-old woman

A 17-year-old boy is facing several charges, including murder, after allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it in Sterling Heights, killing a 20-year-old woman.

Angelo Rickey Smith, from Detroit, was arraigned in Macomb County on Monday on five charges, including: felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree fleeing a police office, second-degree fleeing a police officer and commission of a felony with a motor vehicle.

The charges come days after a car crash in Sterling Heights instantly killed a 20-year-old woman.

See the full report here.

LIVE BLOG: Tracking COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan: New openings, clinics, appointments 💉

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

The announcement is set to come a month after the company found that its shot, which is already authorized for those age 16 and older, also provided protection for the younger group.

Read more here.

Parent files lawsuit, claims Rochester Community Schools got her fired after speaking out on in-person learning

Rochester Community Schools has seen rigorous debate among parents and an attempt to recall several board members over the issue of in-person instruction amid the pandemic.

The district sent Elena Dinverno, a mother of two, a cease and desist letter after she was vocal online about her desire to see her children return to face-to-face instruction. Dinverno alleges that a board member then called her place of employment, where she was terminated from shortly after.

See the story here.

70+ new COVID outbreaks reported in Michigan schools

Michigan officials are tracking coronavirus outbreaks in schools throughout the state.

New outbreaks are defined as outbreaks that were first identified during the current reporting week, and are disclosed at the beginning of each week.

See a list of the outbreaks here.

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COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 849,420 as of Monday, including 17,771 deaths, state officials report.

Monday’s update includes a total of 5,035 new cases and 29 additional deaths over the past two days. On Saturday, Michigan reported a total of 844,385 cases and 17,742 deaths.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate slightly below 11% as of Monday, which is lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have dropped slightly over the last week.

New: Michigan reaches 7 million COVID vaccine doses -- how close are we to first reopening goal?

Overall, new cases have slowed over the last 10 days. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,368 on Monday -- lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 58 on Monday, slightly higher than the last two weeks. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 171,900 on Monday. More than 660,000 have recovered from the virus in Michigan.

Michigan has reported more than 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Monday, with 50.4% of eligible residents having received at least one dose while 38.9% of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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