At Illinois’ biggest nursing home, workers and residents still not vaccinated against COVID-19
Cook County health officials said they have been working with pharmacies to try to get vaccines to long-term care facilities and other places with vulnerable and less-mobile residents but a lack of supply has made it difficult. The county could not immediately provide details on which facilities have been reached so far but said the places remaining on the list will get a visit soon.chicagotribune.com
Wide COVID vaccine availability still months away for Washtenaw County residents, health official says
DETROIT – On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that his administration plans on purchasing 200 million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Some health officials in Washtenaw County are looking at a timeline of months and not weeks. The Washtenaw County Health Department says the region is still in phase 1A for COVID vaccines. “Unless something changes drastically we are looking into the spring until it is more widely available,” said Susan Ringler-Cerniglia with the Washtenaw County Health Department. That means if you are younger than 65 it may be summer before your chances at getting the COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the county.
Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic
“What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national health authorities in China in January,” it said. The U.N. health agency convened its emergency committee on Jan. 22, but did not characterize the emerging pandemic as an international emergency until a week later. “One more question is whether it would have helped if WHO used the word pandemic earlier than it did,” the panel said. WHO did not describe the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic until March 11, weeks after the virus had begun causing explosive outbreaks in numerous continents, meeting WHO’s own definition for a flu pandemic. The U.N. health agency bowed to the international pressure at the annual assembly of its member states last spring by creating the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
MDHHS seeking public comment on Michigan Breastfeeding Plan
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is inviting the public to comment on the Michigan Breastfeeding Plan. The first ever Breastfeeding Plan was released in 2017. MDHHS remains committed to collaboration and wants to assure public feedback is received regarding the next iteration of the Michigan Breastfeeding Plan. “We will continue to address disparities in breastfeeding so that all families have the resources and support they need.”The Michigan Breastfeeding Plan will be released in early 2021. When submitting comments, please list Michigan Breastfeeding Plan Feedback in the subject line.
Stay-at-home order issued for San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of state mandate
California Street, usually filled with iconic cable cars, is seen mostly empty in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2020. San Francisco Bay Area health officials announced on Friday that they would implement California's new stay-at-home order early, even though they haven't reached the state's threshold triggering the new restrictions. "Today is a really tough day," San Francisco Mayor London Breed said during a press briefing. Gavin Newsom said the state would be split into five regions — the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. If the remaining ICU capacity in a region falls below 15%, it will trigger a three-week stay-at-home order, Newsom said.cnbc.com
Spike in Michigan COVID-19 cases prompts new message from health experts
DETROIT – Health officials are warning people about the threat of the coronavirus as fall continues and winter draws near. Between the flu season and winter Michigan’s top doctor is bracing for a long fight against COVID-19. Health officials are deeply concerned about the rising number of cases across the state. It marked the state’s highest single day increase in COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 161,907 as of Monday, including 7,211 deaths, state officials report.
Michigan health officials sound alarm on COVID-19 as cases surge
DETROIT – Some of the state’s top health officials are warning people about the threat of the coronavirus as cases continue surging. It marked the state’s highest single day increase in COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 161,907 as of Monday, including 7,211 deaths, state officials report. While Michigan was able to flatten the curve initially, hospitals have been preparing for a second surge. But officials warn this time around hospitals will not likely be able to focus solely on COVID-19 patients.
Local 4 News at 5 -- Oct. 9, 2020
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 5:Michigan health officials issue coronavirus regulations mirroring Gov. Whitmer’s previous ordersMichigan health officials have issued several coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations that mirror those previously put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer before they were shot down by the state’s Supreme Court. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued the new order to restrict gathering sizes, require face masks in public spaces and childcare facilities, limit capacity in businesses and create safer workplaces, officials announced.
What the USS Roosevelt can teach us about COVID-19 spread
Update June 11, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 59,496; Death toll now at 5,738Of the nearly 5,000 sailors on the Roosevelt, 1,102 of them tested positive for COVID-19. About 350 sailors were left in isolation on the naval base after COVID-19 infected a fifth of the ships original crew. Crew members who reported trying to observe social distancing had an infection rate of 55 percent. Those that did not report social distancing had an infection rate of 70 percent. Captain Brett Crozier was among those who tested positive for COVID-19.
Accuracy of some coronavirus testing called into question
DETROIT Health officials continue to emphasize the need for accurate testing to identify people infected by the coronavirus. But research is calling the accuracy of some tests into question. Two recent papers are highlighting a need to re-examine the accuracy of the nasal swab PCR tests used to identify active infection with COVID-19. On the first day of infection after exposure the false negative rate was 100 percent. After that the false negative rate increased again from 21 percent on day 9 to 66 percent on day 21.
Public swimming pools ordered to close across Southeast Michigan to mitigate spread of COVID-19
DETROIT – Health officials have ordered public swimming pools in Southeast Michigan to close to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Detroit Health Department Wayne County Public Health Division, Oakland County Health Division and the Macomb County Health Department all issued orders requiring public swimming pools to close indefinitely. The aim of the closures is to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus. Pools pose a low risk of transmitting COVID-19, but health officials are concerned about people not being able to maintain social distancing. MORE: Inflatable pools boom in popularity as Metro Detroit public pools remain closedRead the full press release below:
Michigan governor says state has 2 confirmed coronavirus cases, declares state of emergency
UPDATE: Michigan confirms first 2 cases of coronavirus, both in Metro DetroitMORE: First 2 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Michigan: What we know, don’t knowBoth cases are in Metro Detroit -- an Oakland County resident and a Wayne County resident. The Oakland County resident has a recent history of international travel while the Wayne County resident has a recent history of domestic travel. One case has been confirmed in an Oakland County resident, and the other is in a Wayne County resident. The Oakland County resident has a recent history of international travel while the Wayne County resident has a recent history of domestic travel. Michigan coronavirus testingEarlier on Tuesday, Michigan health officials were reporting 39 people in Michigan had tested negative for the virus and 124 were still being monitored.
Watch live: Dr. Arwady gives update on city’s response to COVID-19
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno discuss the city’s reopening plan in a briefing scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Get the latest coronavirus updates here.chicagotribune.com
Health officials: Disneyland visitors may have been exposed to measles
Health officials: Disneyland visitors may have been exposed to measles Public health officials now say folks who visited Disneyland well into January may have been exposed to measles. Anyone who has not been vaccinated is being told to avoid the theme park. Ben Tracy reports.cbsnews.com