3% of Michiganders have gotten the omicron booster shot – see uptake by county
The newest medical innovation to fight COVID-19 is here, but people are hardly racing to get it this time around. The Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster shots have been available in Michigan since early September. The vaccine includes mRNA components of the original COVID-19 strain (like the initial vaccines) plus components of the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants to help fight the latest strains of the virus.mlive.com
Once Known for Vaccine Skeptics, Marin Now Tells Them 'You're Not Welcome'
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For more than a decade, few places in the nation were associated with anti-vaccine movements as much as Marin County, the bluff-lined peninsula of coastal redwoods and stunning views just north of San Francisco. This corner of the Bay Area had become a prime example of a highly educated, affluent community with low childhood vaccination rates, driven by a contingent of liberal parents skeptical of traditional medicine. Marin was something of a paradox to mainstream Democratsnews.yahoo.com
Michigan residents eligible for 5 more free COVID tests
Michiganders are eligible for another round of free at-home COVID-19 tests. An additional 289,000 self-administered tests will be available upon request for 58,000 households, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday, Sept. 30. Interested residents can order their free COVID tests online through AcessCovidTests.org, or by calling 211 and requesting assistance ordering free tests. Residents can also get free tests through their private health insurance, as those companies are required to cover up to eight at-home COVID tests per month for each person covered by a health plan. The federal government stopped taking orders for free at-home tests earlier this month.mlive.com
Ceremony honors lives lost, battles won at Saginaw hospital during pandemic
SAGINAW, MI — Ten chimes for 670 lives lost. Standing above the crowd was the seventh-floor intensive care unit where Covenant’s medical team has treated the most critically-ill COVID-19 patients since the pandemic arrived here 30 months ago. The multi-colored pillars — which stand at 8-, 10- and 12-feet-tall, respectively, and glow luminous at night — are meant to symbolize the lives lost and lessons learned during the pandemic. Michigan identified another 14,678 new COVID-19 cases and 160 new deaths last week, according to the state’s weekly coronavirus update. Among the most promising signs of late: Fewer COVID patients are winding up in critical care than anytime in the pandemic in Michigan, health officials report.mlive.com
Pfizer seeks to expand omicron booster to 5- to 11-year-olds
Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to expand use of its updated COVID-19 booster shot to children ages 5 to 11. FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said last week he expected a decision on boosters for that age group soon. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech also announced a new study of the omicron-focused booster in even younger children, those ages 6 months through 4 years, to test different doses. Updated boosters made by both Pfizer and rival Moderna rolled out earlier this month for everyone 12 and older. As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4.4 million Americans had gotten an updated booster so far.mlive.com
Cancer deaths in US fall steadily with better treatments, prevention
More people are surviving cancer than ever before in the U.S. according to a new report by the American Association for Cancer Research. Experts say this is due to significant strides in treatments, diagnostic tools and prevention strategies.news.yahoo.com
4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters
U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts bemoaned President Joe Biden’s recent remark that “the pandemic is over.” The White House said more than 5 million people received the new boosters by its own estimate that accounts for reporting lags in states. “No one would go looking at our flu shot uptake at this point and be like, ‘Oh, what a disaster,’” said Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.news.yahoo.com
Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open
Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday at the Laver Cup. Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam champion — a total that stands second among men, behind only Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer's 20 — and he has won a record nine of those trophies at Melbourne Park.news.yahoo.com
Will Michigan see a quiet winter or another COVID-19 surge?
Whether a new coronavirus variant takes hold in the coming weeks could determine if Michigan will undergo another seasonal COVID surge or enjoy its first quiet winter in three years. The group estimates early booster availability and uptake would avert 6-12% of cases, 10-16% of hospitalizations, and 12-15% of deaths. “It depends so much on transmission happening not just in Michigan but all around the world, and other variables. Absent of a new variant, the models project early boosters could prevent 2.4 million cases, 137,000 hospitalizations, and 9,700 deaths from COVID. The state hadn’t published any data on bivalent booster uptake as of Wednesday, Sept. 21.mlive.com
As grim milestone nears, Saginaw hospital event to reflect on pandemic’s toll
“I feel like we’ve all gone through this together, so everyone is welcomed to attend.”The event comes as the number of Saginaw County residents dead from COVID-19 approaches a grim milestone: 1,000 people. The trio of multi-colored pillars — which stand at 8-, 10- and 12-feet-tall, respectively — were created to recognize and commemorate the human toll of the ongoing pandemic, Knoll said. “Hundreds” of the nearly 1,000 Saginaw County residents who have died of COVID-19 were treated at Covenant, Knoll said. During the deadliest months of the pandemic, staff there at times reported more than one COVID-19-related casualty per day. During that same timeframe, 56,969 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Saginaw County, the dashboard stated.mlive.com
WH touts progress on COVID, pushes Congress for more funding
After a “60 Minutes” interview in which President Biden declared “the pandemic is over,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spotlighted the administration’s efforts to fight the outbreak. Jean-PIerre acknowledged that COVID-19 is still “a problem,” and urged Congress to pass legislation that would fund vaccines and treatments to continue to fight the coronavirus.news.yahoo.com
China health chief warns against 'skin-to-skin contact with foreigners' amid first case of monkeypox
A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox. In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions. "It is necessary and important to strengthen the monitoring and prevention of monkeypox," Wu wrote.news.yahoo.com
How a CO2 monitor and DIY air filter can mitigate COVID-19 in Michigan classrooms
It’s a scenario that University of Michigan aerosol chemist Andrew Ault specifically advised school districts to avoid during the heights of the pandemic. CO2 MonitorsThe easiest way to measure the air filtration in a room is a simple CO2 monitor that can be purchased on Amazon for anywhere from $100 to $250. They can’t put great, high-quality air filters into their air handling system because they do not have one,” Ault said. HEPA Air Filtration UnitsThe biggest thing to remember when trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is air filtration – not wiping down surfaces or antibacterial sprays. Researchers recommend that school districts, if they can afford to, host commercial HEPA air filtration units that both decrease aerosol levels and filter air immediately around students.mlive.com
COVID questions: Are the new vaccine boosters still free? Who’s eligible?
Pfizer’s bivalent COVID vaccine is available for people ages 12 and older as a single-dose administered at least two months after a previous COVID vaccine. Advisors for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will then evaluate i before considering a recommendation to use bivalent COVID vaccines in younger children. As of Wednesday, Sept. 14, about 6.2% of children younger than 5 had gotten their first dose of COVID vaccine. Where can I get the bivalent booster? Local and federal health officials say it’s safe and effective to get vaccines against COVID and influenza during the same appointment.mlive.com
Side effects to expect from new omicron-targeted COVID booster shots
The omicron-targeted COVID-19 booster shots have arrived at pharmacies across the country. You’re probably wondering if there are side effects from these shots and if the side effects differ from those of earlier boosters and COVID-19 vaccinations. The retooled shots from Moderna and Pfizer are bivalent, meaning they target the initial COVID-19 virus and the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the virus. Although there is no official data on side effects specifically regarding the BA.4 and BA.5 upgraded COVID-19, there is clinical trial data on a booster targeting an earlier strain of omicron called BA.1. The following side effects were the most common from the clinical trial targeting BA.1, according to the American Medical Association:mlive.com
EU regulator clears Pfizer-BioNTech's tweaked COVID booster
The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of a tweaked booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against two of the latest versions of omicron, as countries look to bolster their immunization programs ahead of winter.
COVID survivor needs home help in Macomb Township after spending 8 months in hospital
Chris Lajoie spent eight months in the hospital after having COVID, and now a 32-year-old Metro Detroit man could really use some help. He’s still struggling to move, and his house just isn’t equipped for his needs.
University of Michigan recruiting subjects for study that showcases contaminant exposure
Over the years in Michigan, we’ve seen many situations where people have been exposed to contaminants in the environment that can harm their health. Now a statewide study is in the works to better understand the impact of that exposure.