Health officials announced on Thursday that Michigan has confirmed its first case of the P.1 coronavirus variant first discovered in Brazil.
The confirmation of another variant in the state highlights the urgent need to vaccinate more Michigan people as soon as possible, as the state is in the midst of the country’s largest wave of new infections.
The variant was discovered in a woman in Bay County. State officials said the disease was diagnosed in early March and she has recovered.
The county public health officer Joel Strasz said this is the second new variant of COVID-1
Strass said in a statement: “The rise of these new variants will undoubtedly affect our progress in vaccination this year.”
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Wolverine State has an average of nearly 57 new cases per 100,000 people. The positive rate reached 12% on Thursday and continues to climb. Hospitalization rates are also rising, especially among unvaccinated young people in their 50s.
According to the tracking website COVID Act Now, each person infected with COVID-19 in Michigan has infected an average of 1.29 people, which indicates that the total number of active cases in the state is growing at an unsustainable rate.
State officials have identified five variants of the coronavirus, the most common of which is the B.1.1.7 variant first discovered in the UK. This variant is more infectious than the original “wild type” virus.
Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement: “We are concerned about the discovery of another variant in Michigan.”
“It’s even more important now that Michigan people continue to take appropriate actions to get a safe and effective COVID-19 by wearing masks correctly, keeping distance from society, avoiding crowds, washing hands frequently and making plans to obtain a safe and effective COVID-19, so as to slow the spread of the virus. They are vaccinated,” she said. “We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this pandemic as soon as possible.”
Although part of the cause of the outbreak can be attributed to the spread of mutation, experts also point out that restrictions have been relaxed. Michigan implemented strict regulations at the beginning of the pandemic, but the state government took strict measures in this regard. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer (Gretchen Whitmer) Night Energy: Report shows that China will account for half of coal-fired electricity in 2020. The Conservation Organization asks Harland to block oil drilling in the protected area of Florida. The green light.The governors of the Big Four Lakes region called on the White House to assist in the upgrading of water infrastructure. Driven by the surge in cases in the younger age group, the Coronavirus in Michigan surged more (4) Has been gradually lifted.
The state still has mandatory regulations for masks, but the number of travelers is increasing, and Whitmer allows 50% of indoor dining capacity.
According to experts, many infections in Michigan are driven by outbreaks related to large social gatherings, so the increase in more infectious variants creates little room for error.
The new epidemic is also related to young people who are fatigued by the pandemic.
Preeti Malani, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Michigan, said she believes that re-imposing the restrictions will not work because the public does not have the will to follow them.
“This will not be a callback situation. I don’t know that there is a willingness to increase the limit, and I don’t think it will solve the problem. People have gone beyond the point where the limit will affect behavior. A long year,” Marani said.
On the contrary, Marani said, leaders need to emphasize the personal responsibility of wearing masks and keeping distance, especially for young people.
Michigan will open vaccine qualifications to everyone 16 years and older on Monday, which will also help curb the spread of the virus before the vaccine is available.
According to the CDC, the state has vaccinated 67% of the population aged 65-74 and 67% of the population over 75 years old.