Michigan virus surge, vaccinations up: Where things stand this week
A look at where things stand with COVID-19 cases and vaccines in Michigan heading into the new week. COVID surge: New COVID-19 cases are surging again in Michigan, and an increase in hospitalizations is being felt, this time from a younger age group. Vaccinations moving: About 65% of Michigan residents over the age of 65 have received at least one vaccine dose, while about 45% are fully vaccinated. As of Friday, 31% of Michigan adults had received at least one dose, and 18% were fully vaccinated. More info: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesStarting April 5, all Michigan residents 16 and up will become eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
30% of Michigan residents have received 1 COVID vaccine dose: Inside the data
DETROIT – Michigan has crossed another COVID-19 vaccination milestone: 30% of residents have received at least one vaccine dose. According to MDHHS data, as of Thursday (March 25), 30.3% of Michigan residents have received at least one dose, while 17.4% are fully vaccinated. About 3.8 million doses have been administered in total. Nearly 2/3 of Michigan residents 65 and older have received at least one dose, while about 40% are fully vaccinated. As for specific vaccines, 1.9 million doses from Pfizer, 1.7 million from Moderna, and about 68,000 doses from Johnson and Johnson have been administered in Michigan.
Wayne County school officials urge families to remain cautious over spring break
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – With Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers on the rise and spring break around the corner, Wayne County superintendents are reaching out to parents to ask them to be vigilant in order to keep schools open. In order to keep schools open -- despite the rise in COVID cases -- it will depend on behavior outside of school. READ: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsAdWayne County school officials are asking parents as they head into spring break to skip the parties because of the substantial community spread going on. Officials said the precautions at schools -- daily cleaning, contact tracing and isolating students -- are working and that they don’t want students to return to remote-learning. They said they are concerned that if students and families let their guards down over spring break, the community spread will explode more than it already is.
MHA: Younger age groups driving rise in Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations
Michigan’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise again -- but data shows it’s younger age groups who are driving the increase. Inpatient data collected by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) shows hospitalizations increased by 633% for adults ages 30-39 and by 800% for adults ages 40-49. (MHA)Groups under the age of 50 are among the lowest vaccinated groups in Michigan right now as eligibility expands for the 16 and older groups. AdMore: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trends“Michigan is making progress at ultimately defeating the COVID-19 pandemic through increasing vaccination rates, but the war is not yet over,” said MHA Chief Medical Officer Gary Roth, DO. While you wait your turn for your safe and effective vaccine, mask up, practice social distancing and wash your hands.”AdDeeper dive: Special COVID-19 data section
Metro Detroit small businesses turn to social media to stay afloat
DETROIT – Many Metro Detroit businesses had to come up with a new way to sell when the first stay-at-home orders were issued in March. Jessica Hall, a teacher turned business owner, runs Urban Crown from the basement of her home. She uses Facebook live streams to help sell items. Like many small businesses, Hall and Gaskins had to reinvent themselves when COVID hit. One Metro Detroit store decided to put safety first and the response from customers has been more than they ever imagined.
Michigan restaurant supplier works to raise money for food service workers
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – With little government assistance, the food service in the United States has been decimated by the pandemic. In lieu of government assistance, one Metro Detroit supplier is stepping in to help as much as they can. That’s why they set up the Local Love campaign, an online application for restaurant owners to fill out and also a GoFundMe page to raise money for these restaurants. So anyone that is able to help should help,” Floyd said. According to the National Restaurant Association, 83% of restaurants owners expect sales to decline over winter and 37% believe they’ll be able to remain open in six months without government help.
‘It’s a band-aid’ -- Detroit nonprofit raises money for food service workers in need
DETROIT – Like many other bars and restaurants, everything changed for Batch Brewing Company when the pandemic hit. Batch Brewing Company spent the summer building a large outdoor pavilion to prepare for a potential indoor dining-shutdown. “We take the profit from that all that money, minus food cost, and we’re contributing that from Batch Brewing Company to the Feelgood Tap,” Roginson said. “It’s a surreal sensation to just be sitting and sending people, money, money. People you don’t know, just clicking and sending money,” Roginson said.
Michigan husband, wife die from COVID on the same day, 1 minute apart
JACKSON, Mich. – Just days before Thanksgiving, a Michigan family lost both of their parents to coronavirus. Nov. 28, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 350,021; Death toll now at 9,036Leslie and Patricia McWalters spent nearly 50 years together before dying on the same day, one minute apart. “One wouldn’t have wanted to be without the other.”The couple was married for more than 47 years. “They picked their battles.”But coronavirus was a battle the Jackson couple couldn’t beat. “Our entire family is completely devastated.”Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines.
Prayer vigil held for Wayne County sheriff on ventilator with COVID
DETROIT – Family and co-workers of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon gathered Sunday to pray for him to fully recover from coronavirus. Napoleon’s daughter, Tiffani Jackson, said she is more than appreciative of all the support from those who want to see him pull through. “I feel the love just from just from seeing how many people showed up here today,” Jackson said. “My grandmother has five children and of her five children, four of them have been affected by COVID-19,” Jackson said. We need to be very careful,” said Wayne County undersheriff Daniel Pfannes.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon hospitalized with COVID
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is in the hospital recovering from COVID-19 complications. That’s good news from Tiffani Jackson, the daughter of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. He tested positive for coronavirus,“His symptoms really developed early this week, somewhere around Tuesday or so,” Jackson recalled. So his doctor started monitoring those levels because we know that COVID attack those respiratory symptoms.”Friday, he went to the hospital. Now, Sheriff Napoleon is trying to find out when and where he caught the virus.
University of Michigan epidemiologist leads FDA COVID vaccine advisory committee
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their COVID-19 vaccine to the FDA to be considered for an emergency-use authorization Friday. In 2018, he showed Local 4 his “Flu Lab” at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Monto will lead the committee that will advise the FDA on whether or not to grant an emergency-use authorization for any coronavirus vaccines. RELATED: Local 4 assignment editor shares experience with COVID-19 vaccine trialThe FDA is not required to follow the recommendation of its advisory committee, but it typically does. “It’s an intellectual pressure, not a political pressure,” Monto said.