Hospitals report 85 to 95% of patients with COVID-19 have not had booster shots
Hospitals are now tracking the percentage of their COVID-19 patients who have received booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the rates are low, about 5 to 15% at some reporting health systems. Of those 33, five had received booster shots, Dr. Christine Nefcy, chief medical officer, said during a Tuesday COVID update. Of them, 51 were vaccinated and 17, about 14%, had received their primary doses and a booster. “The numbers strongly, strongly support this.”People with booster shots see decreased illness, decreased hospitalizations and, certainly, decreased deaths, he said. In Michigan, about 47% of people who are fully vaccinated have gotten booster shots.mlive.com
COVID-19 drive-thru testing offered Friday at Flint City Hall parking lot
FLINT, MI -- Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is being offered Friday, Jan. 21, at the parking lot behind Flint City Hall. The city and the Genesee Community Health Center are partnering to offer the testing from 1-3 p.m. at the parking lot, located off Seventh Street, according to an announcement from the clinic. “We find ourselves in a world where we all must do more to push back the spread of this deadly virus. These public health partnerships strengthen our ability to ensure the health and safety of our residents,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said in a news release announcing the event. “This ... testing option is a safe way to be tested.mlive.com
Who is eligible for new antiviral pills, monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19?
For COVID-19 therapies, there is limited supply and high demand, meaning it is difficult for most to access new antiviral pills and monoclonal antibodies. The window is a bit longer, 5 to 10 days, for monoclonal antibodies, more readily available. RELATED: Monoclonal antibodies even more limited as omicron overtakes delta; new antiviral pills also scarceThe antibodies, said to reduce chances of hospitalization and death by 70%, should be considered for patients who are in eligible lower risk tiers. There are three available monoclonal antibodies. “Our patients shouldn’t be counting on monoclonal antibodies,” Dr. Gordana Simeunovic, an infectious disease physician and head of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health’s mAbs program, said earlier this month.mlive.com
Michigan’s reported workplace deaths from COVID-19 drop in 2021
Michigan saw a significant decline in the number of COVID-19 workplace fatalities last year. According to MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman, employers have the responsibility of reporting a workplace death to MIOSHA, which then investigates. The employer would also be responsible for determining if a COVID-19 death was attributable to the workplace or community transmission. In 2020, MIOSHA reported the highest number of workplace deaths in at least a decade with 35 attributed to COVID-19. State COVID-19 workplace rules, including daily health screenings, wearing a mask and social distancing, were enforced by MIOSHA until June 2021.mlive.com
COVID-19 Q&A: How to get a free test? What’s the risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome after vaccination?
If you’re looking for the free at-home tests noted by the Biden Administration and state health officials, you can visit COVIDTests.gov. Health officials still recommended getting vaccinated. Before COVID, GBS was believed to occur in about one in 100,000 people per year, and a majority of the time it followed a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness. One study in the UK found the risk of GBS following COVID-19 to be about four times greater than the risk associated with COVID vaccination. Compared to baseline rates, the study found 145 additional GBS cases per 10 million individuals who developed COVID-19 infections, versus 38 additional GBS cases per 10 million individuals vaccinated.mlive.com
Seeing empty grocery store shelves again? Here’s why.
Retailers are caught in a web of issues, including supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and high COVID-19 cases. Here are some of the reasons behind current grocery store shortages:Persistent supply chain issuesGlobal supply chains, strained since the beginning of the pandemic, continue to create a ripple effect on Michigan consumers. Weather events commonly impact distribution, Sarsam said, but coupled with supply chain issues it makes delays last even longer. Labor shortagesInterwoven with the supply chain, Sarsam said labor shortages are “dramatically impacting” every step from production to distribution to retail. “When you have people who are still getting sick, you’re going to still have these issues,” Rook said.mlive.com
‘Family Vaccination Day’ to take place Saturday in Flint
FLINT, MI -- Free COVID-19 and flu vaccines will be available at a “Family Vaccination Day” event in Flint this weekend. Hamilton Community Health Network will be hosting the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Pediatrician Shaheen Sheikh of the Hamilton Community Health Network said getting your children vaccinated can help them feel a sense of control. “Many children are anxious about coming down with COVID or their parents developing it,” Sheikh said in a news release from Hamilton. To date, there have been more than 84,000 cases and 1,429 people in Genesee County have died.mlive.com
Starbucks among high-profile companies to nix vaccine mandate
Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a plan it announced earlier this month. Starbucks’ reversal is among the most high-profile corporate actions in response to the Supreme Court ruling. GE, which employs 56,000 people in the U.S., had initially called for employees to get fully vaccinated no later than Feb. 11. The company said Wednesday that 90% have reported and the “vast majority” are fully vaccinated. Starbucks wouldn’t say what percent of workers are not fully vaccinated.mlive.com
Paula Tutman: How learning ceramics helped me creatively cope with COVID
As a broadcast journalist for nearly 40 years (yes, I started when I was 6 months old), eight of those years as a police reporter whose daily diet was heavily dosed with crime and mayhem, I have learned to roll with the punches. My skin is pretty darned thick. But Covid-19 turned out to be my most formidable foe.
EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?
Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease, but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned that the world is nowhere close to declaring the pandemic over.
Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: accepting the virus
Now, almost two years later, Spain is preparing to adopt a different COVID-19 playbook. With one of Europe's highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, the government is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay. Spain's center-left prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, wants the Europe Union to consider similar changes now that the surge of the omicron variant has shown that the disease is becoming less lethal.news.yahoo.com
Experts now recommend N95 masks to combat omicron
Health experts suggest stepping up protection against omicron with N95s, KN95s or similar masks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend people wear masks now used by healthcare workers. (Jan. 19)news.yahoo.com
Detroit Red Wings’ revised schedule released
The NHL on Wednesday announced dates for games postponed due to COVID-19 and some adjustments to the schedule. The Detroit Red Wings will play four games during what originally was the Olympic break (Feb. 9-22) before the NHL withdrew from the event. Here are new dates for five Red Wings games postponed between Dec. 20 and Jan. 18 as well as some other changes:Feb. 9: at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (previously scheduled on Jan. 18)Feb. 12: vs. Philadelphia at Little Caesars Arena, noon. The Tennessee Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL playoff game in Nashville at 4:30 Saturday. More: Red Wings claim Givani Smith’s brother on waiversmlive.com
CDC report finds prior infection provided strong protection against COVID-19 in 2021, but experts warn it's 'playing with dynamite' to get sick on purpose
Though vaccination was superior to prior infection during the Alpha wave, the Delta variant changed that, according to new CDC data.news.yahoo.com
Professor who was suspended over profane lecture video says swearing keeps students engaged
Sandy Gholston, Ferris State University spokesperson, declined to provide MLive with the reason for Mehler’s suspension. During the 14-minute video, Mehler explained his plagiarism policies, attendance policies, and grading procedures for the spring semester, which officially began Jan. 10. The video gained national attention because of the profane language Mehler used during certain points of the video. “When you watch the entire video, it becomes clear that this was a performance,” Terr told MLive. The 75-year-old professor told MLive he is fearful of teaching in-person because of his age.mlive.com
Macomb County Officials Hopeful Recent Waste Water Samples Showing Decline In COVID Means Infections Are Decreasing
Following a rapid increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, the level of infection appears to be dropping sharply in Macomb County, according to testing of sanitary sewage, a process which is a leading early indicat...detroit.cbslocal.com
Saginaw County ‘essential workers’ to receive $3,750 pay boost for duties during pandemic
SAGINAW, MI — About 360 Saginaw County “essential workers” will receive $3,750 each by early March for continuing to perform in-person duties despite the dangers presented by COVID-19, officials said. About an additional 200 county employees will earn up to $1,250 as part of a pandemic premium pay plan approved by the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners during a Tuesday, Jan. 18, meeting. The premium pay initiative will reimburse county workers — with some exceptions — for days spent performing duties in-person during the pandemic. The premium pay program represents the latest pandemic-related boost to Saginaw County workers’ wallets. In November 2021, about 75% of Saginaw County staff collected $500 apiece in incentive pay offered workers who provided proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.mlive.com
Philly schools partner with Black Doctors Consortium to get more Black and Latino students vaccinated
Around 50 students and staff at Paul Robeson High School got vaccine and booster shots Tuesday through a district partnership with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium aimed to improve vaccination numbers for Black and Latino studentsphiladelphia.chalkbeat.org
Flashpoint interview: Michigan’s chief medical officer discusses omicron, when surge could peak, COVID tests
This week on Flashpoint, the state of Michigan’s chief medical officer Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in our state -- have we seen the worst of it or is it yet to come?