There has been a surge in cases in the state in the past month.
According to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, cases have increased rapidly in the past month, and Michigan is currently experiencing “the worst period of virus transmission in the United States.”
The hospitalization rate is also rising, especially among young people. According to the association, from March 1 to March 23, hospitalization for adults between 30 and 39 years old increased by 633%, while hospitalization for adults between 40 and 49 years old increased by 800%.
“I am very worried about what we are seeing in Michigan,” Dr. Jonny S. Carlton, the state’s chief medical administrator, told Good Morning America this week. “In the past five to six weeks, we have seen a significant increase in cases. Our hospitalization rate is also rising. Moreover, we have seen young people from 10 to 60 years old who are getting sick. Many of them Some of them are also in hospital.”
Khaldun pointed out that COVID-19 fatigue (including lack of mask compliance) and gathering are the causes of increased fatigue.
She said: “I think everyone in Michigan really needs to work harder now.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer called this week’s surge a “compliance, mobility and variation issue.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state is currently the most easily transmitted B.1.1.7 variant reported for the first time in the UK, ranking second in the United States. As of Wednesday, Michigan has identified 1,468 cases of this variant. , According to the national health department.
Both Whitmer and Khaldun emphasized the importance of vaccination at this time.
Halden told GMA: “We must even focus more on vaccination.”
Starting Monday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination eligibility will be extended to all residents 16 years and older.
In an interview with WXYZ, a subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Detroit on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the largest infectious disease expert in the United States, believes that the recent surge is “very likely” because Michigan opened too early.
“I am hesitant to criticize anything the governor does because she is indeed a good governor,” Fauci told the radio. “I think the idea of retreating prematurely under pressure is understandable, why you might want to do this, but I think the results are reflected in what you saw in Michigan.”
Among the recently relaxed restrictions, the state reopened bars and restaurants on February 1, opening indoor dining at 25% of the indoor capacity, and then increasing it to 50% on March 5, with a maximum capacity of 100 people. . It is allowed to fill up to 50% of the capacity.
The state’s mask order is still in effect and needs to cover the face publicly.