CDC to Michigan: Shut Down Again

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the USA has administered 187 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since December.

Rochelle Walensky reported Monday that the US set a record Saturday by administering 4.6 million doses of vaccine in a single day. The administration of President Joe Biden has stuck with allocating to states proportionally by population.

Last week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that data shows that most new cases of COVID-19 are occurring in younger people, and that the agency has seen clusters of cases caused by youth sports and daycare centers.

"So when you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of cases like we have in MI, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine", Walensky said, explaining that it takes two to six weeks to see the effect of vaccinations.

MI hospitals on Monday reported treating about 3,900 adults with confirmed COVID-19 cases, which surpassed a previous peak from December 1 and was close to the state's record high from last April of roughly 4,000. The country is now averaging more than 66,000 new cases a day - up from a low of about 52,000 daily cases in mid-March.

"I think if we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in MI we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work", she said. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has previously said that she will not institute a lockdown order to deal with the current surge of cases.

Whitmer told reporters on Sunday, she's calling for a temporary two-week long shutdown of in-person learning, youth sports games as well as restaurants and bars.

About 41% of MI residents ages 16 and up had received at least one shot. Republican lawmakers successfully challenged the law that underpinned her restrictions.

In Monday's case update, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,918 adults hospitalized with coronavirus. The restrictions were gradually loosened as metrics improved.

Last week, Governor Whitmer urged MI residents to avoid indoor dining and called on high schools to suspend in-person classes and athletics for two weeks, but stopped short of requiring the restrictions.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been faced with calls to keep her state open after urging residents to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. The state has also recorded more than 17,000 deaths. "Moving around vaccines", he said, "isn't the strategy that public health leaders and scientists have laid out".

The U.S. government has offered to "surge" COVID-19 medicines and testing to MI.

The U.S. reported an eight percent rise in new COVID-19 cases last week, the fourth week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis.

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