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Michigan Demands Masking Indoors, Vaccines as COVID-19 Surges

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LANSING (Michigan) -In the wake of spiking COVID-19 infection, Michigan health officials announced Friday that they would issue a public advisory recommending that all persons older than 2 years wear a face mask in the indoor environment.

They also said businesses should establish policies that ensure that customers and employees are masked. They stopped short of requiring facial coverings.

The officials pleaded with people to take the coronavirus vaccine as well as for a flu shot and, in the event that they are eligible the coronavirus booster dose in the wake of the state experiencing a fourth spike in cases since the pandemic began. The vaccination was administered prior to the holiday season when families from the state with the highest seven-day incidence rate will gather indoors to celebrate the holidays.

About 73 percent of Michigan infections, 72% of hospitalizations and 76 percent of deaths were those who were not vaccinated over the last 30 days with complete data, according to Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical director.

“Today the world is at a turning moment. We have the opportunity to alter the course of events and increase our numbers. We’ve done it before. However, whether or not we do so will be contingent on everyone in Michigan,” stated Elizabeth Hertel (director of the state Department of Health and Human Services).

In line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision not to implement such mandates earlier in the year as the result of this.

The numbers presented during a phone call with reporters are “quite troubling,” Bagdasarian said.

The positive rate was higher than 15% in all regions, and was higher than 20% in three regions -three areas namely Grand Rapids, Saginaw, and Jackson. In the fall of 2020 the case rate trended similarly to the state’s curve. COVID-19 hospitalizations were at 77% of their highest last spring.

Referring to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines the health department has provided specific guidelines for holiday gatherings. Anyone who is gathering with multiple households from different parts of the country or states should take precautions by testing for COVID-19. Universal masking is recommended for those that are unvaccinated or have a weak immune system.

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