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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR APRIL 29
The previous update was Monday, April 26. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- 31 more positives
- 2 less probable positives
- 26 more recoveries
- 1 deaths
- 36.86% fully vaccinated
- Up from 34.73% (1,170 more people)
- Barga County
- 11 more positives
- 1 more probable positive
- 1 more recovery
- 36.00% fully vaccinated
- Up from 33.20%
- Gogebic County
- 1 more positive
- 3 more recoveries
- 42.79% fully vaccinated
- Up from 39.25%
- Houghton County
- 15 more positives
- 3 less probable positives
- 21 more recoveries
- 32.51% fully vaccinated
- Up from 31.05%
- Keweenaw County
- 3 more positives
- 1 more recovery
- 43.17% fully vaccinated
- Up from 42.40%
- Ontonagon County
- 1 more positive
- 46.87% fully vaccinated
- Up from 44.73%
Update from MDHHS
MI Vacc to Normal Challenge
The following is from the Small Business Association of Michigan.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (on Thursday, April 29) unveiled the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy.
The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will use four vaccination-based milestones — using data for Michiganders 16 years or older who’ve received their first dose — to guide future steps outlined below:
55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks
• Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.
60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks
• Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
• Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.
• Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
• Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.
65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks
• Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
• Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.
70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks
• Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.
If new cases remain greater than 250 daily/million as a 7-day average in a Michigan Economic Recovery Committee (MERC) region at the time of implementing steps 2 through 3, MDHHS may delay implementation in that MERC region.
To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible.
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