Macomb County planning to extend COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours, increase capacity
The Macomb County Health Department announced that it will extend its clinic hours at the Verkuilen Building in Clinton Township as well increase capacity. Additionally, the department will increase the number of doses given per hour by 25% -- going from 12,000 doses distributed each week to 17,500 doses. “With these increases and expansions, we will be able to serve a greater number of individuals in our county,” said Andrew Cox, director, Macomb County Health Department. Those who live or work in Macomb County will be able to choose a location to receive a vaccine through an online scheduler. “As eligibility opens up, Macomb County will continue to find innovative solutions for serving our population,” said County Executive Mark Hackel.
Morning Briefing March 14, 2021: Macomb County vaccine eligibility expands, angry customer suspected of setting Detroit business on fire, man killed in local motorcycle crash
On Saturday, the Macomb County Health Department announced the expansion of priority groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Surveillance video recorded at Frank’s Auto Center on Detroit’s east side showed an allegedly angry customer who tried to burn down the business. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 607,437 as of Saturday, including 15,774 deaths, state officials report. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,626 on Saturday -- the highest it’s been over the last month. AdMichigan has reported more than 2.9 million doses of the COVID-19 administered, as of Friday, with a 23.1% coverage rate statewide.
Macomb County opens COVID vaccinations to people 16+ with medical conditions
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said the county is ready and not playing any games when it comes to giving out the vaccines. READ: Macomb County Health Department expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccineThat’s why they’re expanding the list of people who can get the vaccines in Macomb County. Starting Saturday, anybody 16 or older with disabilities can call and set up and appointment. “Basically, what we did was decided that these people with disabilities and other family or caregivers and even their guardians at times have an opportunity to go ahead and sign up for the vaccine,” Hackel said. Ad“Our biggest concern was making sure that we took care of our seniors first and I tell you, we’re over 100,000 seniors here in Macomb County,” said Hackel.
Macomb County Health Department expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine
Macomb County Health Officer Andrew Cox said this is the next step to ensure all vulnerable population groups can have safe access to the vaccine right here at home. DETROIT – On Saturday, the Macomb County Health Department announced the expansion of priority groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are encouraged to see a number of positive trends with our vaccination strategy here in Macomb County,” said Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel. Flashpoint 3/14/21: Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, county leaders to weigh in on crucial issuesAdMacomb County Health Officer, Andrew Cox, said this is the next step to ensure all vulnerable population groups can have safe access to the vaccine. Michigan announced Friday that all residents age 16 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, nearly a month before the May 1 date pledged by President Joe Biden.
Macomb County says new COVID vaccine appointments to be made available daily
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2021, file photo, people prepare doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Martin Luther King Senior Center, in North Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)The Macomb County Health Department announced Tuesday it will have new COVID-19 vaccination appointments added to its system on a daily basis. The county said it has made an update to its COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system based on an increased number of doses coming to the county, allowing it to increase the appointments. The county said starting Tuesday, March 9, the county’s online scheduling system will be open 24/7 at www.macombgov.org/covidvaccine with new appointments added on a daily basis. AdCounty officials are “confident” its COVID-19 vaccine dose allocation will not be decreased in the coming weeks and months.
Macomb County is expanding COVID vaccination transportation service for seniors
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)The Macomb County Health Department is expanding a program to help seniors who rely on bus services get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Interested seniors should call the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline at 586-421-6579 to register for the county wait list. Seniors or someone they know can avoid the call altogether by emailing the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline 24/7 at email@example.com, and including their name, address, phone number and date of birth. SMART will maintain a wait list, and the county will contact individuals from the list as appointments at Richmond/Lenox EMS or other community sites become available. Richmond/Lenox is being overwhelmed by calls and is not able to make appointments or add names to the wait list.
Michigan reps. concerned over COVID vaccine rollout to pharmacies
The White House has selected specific pharmacies in each state to receive and administer coronavirus vaccines to help ramp up vaccine distribution. See: What we know about the process of getting COVID-19 vaccine doses to pharmacies“Statewide, 20,000 doses are going to Ride Aid pharmacies -- 200 stores across the state. So that’s only going to leave 100 doses per store,” said Andrew Cox, director of the Macomb County Health Department. Macomb County is a large Michigan county with a large senior and vulnerable adult population. Last week, the state gave Macomb County about 7,300 doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
211 lines tied up after MDHHS recommends calling for vaccine help
LANSING, Mich. – Friday brought even more confusion for Michiganders attempting to schedule a coronavirus vaccination appointment -- particularly over the phone. Original Story: Michigan health director says to call 211 for vaccine appointments, but callers say it’s not workingMultiple viewers said they called in and were unable to get through. One viewer said 211 gave them a recorded message that 211 was not scheduling vaccinations and another said the phone rang for 25 minutes with no answer. Michigan senior residents have been struggling to receive their vaccines. People 60-years-old and older account for 24% of the confirmed cases in Michigan but are 90% of the confirmed deaths.
Metro Detroit COVID vaccine rollout plans: Follow updates here
Michigan will receive about 84,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the first round. Here we have a running list of COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans from Metro Detroit health departments and hospitals:Health departmentsWayne County:The Wayne County Health Department is holding a virtual news conference at 11 a.m. Monday. They expect to move to 14,000 Pfizer vaccine doses a week as production kicks into high gear. Henry Ford hospitals:The Henry Ford Health System said it has only been told to expect delivery sometime between Tuesday and Thursday and, of course, they are waiting for an update. This includes Henry Ford Detroit, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Henry Ford Macomb, Henry Ford West Bloomfield and Henry Ford Jackson.
Officials: Confirmed COVID-19 case identified at Pinewood Elementary School in Warren
WARREN, Mich. – A student or staff member at Pinewood Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to families by the Warren Woods Public Schools' superintendent. Individuals and children who may have had close contact with the infected individual have already been contacted directly, officials said. Anyone who believes they have been in close contact with COVID-19 should self-monitor for symptoms and get tested for the virus if symptoms arise. COVID-19 symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Macomb County gets jump start testing sewage for coronavirus
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced it will begin working with state and local governments to conduct testing of sewage for the coronavirus. In Michigan, the Macomb County Public Works Office already has been on the leading edge of gathering samples from sewers to be sent for laboratory testing. MORE: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Aug. 21, 2020Using federal CARES Act funding received by Macomb County, in May the office launched a pilot project for sewage samples to be pulled from seven locations in Clinton Township. “Our department is an enthusiastic partner with the Macomb County Health Department and hospitals. This is another tool to assist them in getting ahead of where the spread of the coronavirus is at,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller.
Free COVID-19 testing to be offered at Owen Jax Community Center in Warren
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)WARREN, Mich. The city of Warren is working with WSU, WSUPG, and the Macomb County Health Department to offer free coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru and walk-up testing. The testing will be held at the Owen Jax Community Center at 8207 E. 9 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089 on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Warren to offer free COVID-19 testing on Thursday August 6th
The city of Warren is set to host a free drive-thru and walk up COVID-19 testing event on Thursday August 6th. The event is held in partnership with WSU, WSUPG and the Macomb County Health Department. Testing will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warren City Hall(1 City Square). The test will reveal whether or not you currently have COVID-19. According to the citys website there are only 200 testing spots available due to limited testing supplies.
Warren Consolidated summer school employee tests positive for COVID-19
WARREN, Mich. A staff member working in Warren Consolidated Schools districts summer school program has tested positive for COVID-19, district officials say. The letter also says the Macomb County Health Department has been notified of the confirmed case and working with the district to provide guidance. Any student or staff member who shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 should notify Jodi Duplay, the school districts pandemic manager, at 586-698-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For testing locations in Macomb County, visit www.macombgov.org/covid19-canigettested. Specific medical questions and concerns can call the Macomb County Health Department COVID Hotline at 586-463-3750.
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:
7 cases of Legionnaires' reported at McLaren Macomb Hospital within last month
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The Macomb County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are investigating several cases of Legionnaires' disease. They believe the outbreak could have originated at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens. Since July, there have been a total of seven cases of possible health care-associated Legionnaires' disease identified at McLaren Macomb but six of the cases were reported within the last month. In Wayne County, there have been 62 cases; in Macomb County, there have been 57 and Oakland County has seen 42 cases. The hospital is cooperating with the investigation, and officials are working with the hospital to determine if other patients may have been infected.
State of Michigan probes Detroit-area hospital's 7 Legionnaires cases
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - State health officials are investigating after seven people treated at a suburban Detroit hospital were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it's working with the Macomb County Health Department to investigate the illnesses at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens. The departments say six of the seven Legionnaires' cases have been reported at the hospital since mid-September. Both agencies are investigating the source of the disease and whether there are more infected people. Legionnaire's is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled.