FDA advisory panel to meet on Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine booster shots
The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory panel is set to meet Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15, and we are getting our first look at the data the panel will be using to make its recommendation on booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
French study warns COVID outbreaks still possible in nursing homes
Researchers studied a COVID outbreak in a nursing home in the country. Seventy-five percent of the residents and 52% of the staff were fully vaccinated. Blood tests showed all but one of the fully vaccinated residents had antibodies against COVID-19.
‘You don’t want your story to be mine’: Detroit COVID-19 survivor loses her mother to the virus
MaElena Barcenas spent weeks on a ventilator, and more than a year later, still suffers serious symptoms. But she is grateful for a health baby girl and the help of her mother until COVID took that away too.
Study: children at risk of heart dysfunction, developing inflammatory syndrome post-COVID-19 infection
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) has been a mysterious and frightening consequence of COVID-19 in children. A new study is shedding light on the potential longer term impacts of the syndrome.
Survey: Nearly half of Americans say they experienced changes in physical, mental health amid pandemic
Nearly half of Americans said they’ve experienced changes in their physical and mental health during the pandemic, according to the 2021 Healthy Now survey from the Cleveland Clinic and Parade Magazine.
CDC reviewing Michigan woman’s death after Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Annie VanGeest was known as a super mom and a proud wife of 13 years. She was a master multi-tasker and staunch animal rescue supporter in her community of Saranac in Ionia County. Her death, though, is making news for reasons other than just her good work in her community.
Michigan officials focus on vaccinations, less on restrictions
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Hertel visited a new drive-thru COVID vaccination site Wednesday in Sterling Heights. The new vaccination site is located in the former Sears automotive center at Lakeside Mall. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesHertel said it’s shots, not shut-downs that are needed to put a dent in the skyrocketing cases of COVID. “We have seen an increase of 118% of cases,” said Macomb County health director Andrew Cox. With no restrictions being put back into place, how high do county health officials think cases need to go before more action is taken?
Pfizer vaccine safe, effective for young teens, company says
DETROIT – New information suggests the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12. Pfizer said the data from a late-stage trial shows the vaccine is highly effective in adolescents. The company said there were 18 COVID cases in the placebo group and zero cases in the vaccine group and no significant side effects -- an efficacy rate of 100%. Infectious disease experts believe vaccinating children will ultimately be necessary to stop the pandemic. “By the fall, I think there’s a good possibility we’ll be vaccinating teenagers 12 and up,” said Dr. Peter Hotez.
Michigan’s Thumb region is latest COVID hotspot
If you look at cases per 100,000 people, the Thumb -- Michigan’s 10th district -- becomes prominent. Less populated areas, like Macomb and St. Clair counties have critically high COVID transmission. RELATED: Tracking COVID-19 weekly growth factor by Michigan countyAdIn St. Clair County, the rate of COVID tests returning positive is nearly 27% -- higher than it ever was during the winter surge. In St. Clair County, more than one in four people are testing positive. The average number of new cases per million in St. Clair County is higher than it has ever been since the pandemic started.
Michigan’s top health official says no new restrictions coming amid COVID surge
“It is a race against time with vaccines right now,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Hertel. “Especially with the variant in Michigan.”READ: Whitmer says Michigan plans to combat rising COVID cases with masks, vaccines -- not new restrictionsAdA race against time to vaccinate, but no restrictions coming from the state. How high do cases need to go before the state takes action again?”“We loosened restrictions March 5,” Hertel said. Gretchen Whitmer wants residents to know that restrictions are still in place, even as more and more are vaccinated. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesAdLooking for COVID-19 vaccines in Metro Detroit: Track openings, clinics, appointments
Michigan’s top health official visits new Sterling Heights vaccination site as COVID cases surge
DETROIT – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Hertel visited a new drive-thru COVID vaccination site Wednesday in Sterling Heights. She was joined by Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor and members of the City Council. The new vaccination site is located in the former Sears automotive center at Lakeside Mall. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesAs Michigan endures another alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, Gov. AdLooking for COVID-19 vaccines in Metro Detroit: Track openings, clinics, appointments
Concern grows amid new surge of COVID cases in Michigan
DETROIT – The daily COVID-19 cases in Michigan continue to rise, even as more Michiganders are becoming vaccinated. March 30, 2021: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 665,948; Death toll now at 16,082Lori MacFarlane is one of the latest COVID cases. The owner reported that some staff tested positive Friday and closed the restaurant. “She closed it until Friday.”READ: Dr. Joneigh Khaldun voices concern as COVID cases in Michigan increaseMichigan’s 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases is the highest it’s been since mid-December. “There is so much of it out here right now.”Looking for COVID-19 vaccines in Metro Detroit: Track openings, clinics, appointments
Daily COVID-19 cases continue to rise, even as more Michiganders are vaccinated
DETROIT – On Sunday, the state of Michigan reported its average pandemic testing positivity rate had hit 14.64% -- the highest single-day percentage since Dec. 2. Some counties are emerging as hot spots, including Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. READ: Dr. Joneigh Khaldun voices concern as COVID cases in Michigan increaseThe latest numbers show more and more people in Michigan are continuing to test positive for COVID. A new survey Tuesday from the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association suggests Michiganders want to get out more, especially to restaurants. READ: Looking for COVID-19 vaccines in Metro Detroit: Track openings, clinics, appointments
Detroit expanding vaccine eligibility amid surge in COVID-19 cases
DETROIT – Michigan currently has an 11.3% COVID positivity rate, hospitalizations went from 1,404 last week to 2,144 already this week. READ: Detroit expands COVID vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and olderWith those numbers in mind, Duggan is opening up vaccines to Detroiters age 16 and older starting Monday. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun voices concern as COVID cases in Michigan increaseThe Chief Medical Executive of the State of Michigan Dr. Joneigh Khaldun spoke with Local 4 about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Monday’s update includes a total of 8,202 new covid cases and eight additional deaths over the past two days. On Saturday, the state reported 652,569 total cases and 16,026 deaths.
4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Michigan to date
DETROIT – As of Monday more than four million COVID-19 doses have been administered in Michigan as cases continue rising at an alarming rate. “This weekend, Michigan surpassed 4 million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Michigan Gov. Michigan continues to make significant strides – administering four million vaccines in less than four months – as we work to ensure every Michigander has access to the vaccine. “We continue to meet or exceed our goals as more and more Michiganders become eligible to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said Michigan Lt. “With every vaccine administered, we get one step closer to eliminating this deadly virus once and for all.