DETROIT – Detroit’s Chief Health Officer says that there is a lot of concern over the omicron variant as it is spreading across the city. Only 46% of Detroit residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 38% have two shots.
There’s a focus on getting people vaccinated but also now they’re shifting their focus to testing more than 1,000 people a day.
“This virus is evading cloth masks as they are not working vs. omicron,” Duggan said. “Those masks that are made up of cloth that you wore with the nice designs in them, they weren’t very effective for the last year and a half in protecting you against infection. They aren’t working against the omicron virus, and so now we need to be wearing the k95 or surgical masks. We have to take this more seriously.”
The city still has vaccination and booster clinics running six days a week to stop and or slow down the spread of the virus. But fatigue is setting, and the city of Detroit is lagging in people getting vaccinated.
Tests are scarce nationwide. Long lines are forming, and Detroit wants to avoid long lines as they have enough tests for everyone.
“We think 1,000 a day, based on our phone calls so far, we are fine,” Duggan said. “We have a supply of 4,500 of Abbott ID now test a week that we run through our labs, and we got those locked in and guaranteed on top of other supplies. So we are good.”