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Michigan Hospitalizations Spike; State Hits 70% Vaccine Goal

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan exceeded 3,000 for the first time in more than six months on Monday in the midst of the fourth outbreak of infections, while state officials celebrated achieving a key vaccination goal.

3,040 people were admitted to hospitals with confirmed cases. That was up from 2,111 two weeks earlier, a sharp 44% increase. This — combined with a weekly case rate that was eight-highest in the U.S. — prompted health professionals to once again insist that people get vaccinations.

“In the midst of these alarming numbers, it’s important as ever for everyone to take the proper security measures to ensure that they are loved ones, and their friends and neighbors safe and secure,” Dr. Pino Colone President of the Michigan State Medical Society, stated in a statement. “Nothing is more important in the fight against COVID-19 more than vaccines.”

Michigan saw more than 4,100 hospitalizations in April. In addition 21,000 infections were reported over the course of three days, and 95 deaths were reported.

The state health department reported a 70% first-dose vaccination rate for residents aged of 16 and over. Officials had hoped to achieve this mark at the end of the year, but were unable to do so. About 63% of those who are 12 and older are vaccinated.

“The vaccine remains how we will return to normalcy in Michigan and we would like to thank all of those who have contributed to bringing an end to this epidemic,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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