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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR MAY 13
The previous update was Thursday, May 6. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- 78 more positives
- 12 more probable positives
- 122 more recoveries
- 2 deaths
- 40.9% fully vaccinated
- Up from 38.5% (1,290 more people)
- Barga County
- 30 more positives
- 4 more probable positives
- 57 more recoveries
- 37.7% fully vaccinated
- Up from 37.3%
- Gogebic County
- 18 more positives
- 10 more recoveries
- 46.8% fully vaccinated
- Up from 44.4%
- Houghton County
- 22 more positives
- 8 more probable positives
- 48 more recoveries
- 37.2% fully vaccinated
- Up from 34.6%
- Keweenaw County
- 1 more positive
- 3 more recoveries
- 45.9% fully vaccinated
- Up from 43.3%
- Ontonagon County
- 7 more positives
- 4 more recoveries
- 50.1% fully vaccinated
- Up from 47.7%
Health Department Returns to 10-Day Quarantine for Covid-19
Effective May 7, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is recommending a return to a 10-day active monitoring or quarantine period for close contacts. The decision to reduce the quarantine period is in line with state and federal guidelines and will offer consistency across the upper peninsula.
“The WUPHD has seen a decrease in cases for the majority of counties in our district and vaccination rates are close to 50 percent,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer for WUPHD. “The reduced quarantine time also takes into account concerns voiced from local schools, parents, and business owners regarding the burden of complying with a 14-day quarantine period.”
Close contacts can return to normal activities after the 10-day period, however, they should continue to monitor symptoms up to 14 days from their last contact with an infected person. The new recommendation will apply retroactively to people currently in quarantine.
People who are two weeks past their completed Covid-19 vaccination series do not need to quarantine.
For additional information, including what symptoms to look for or to schedule a vaccination appointment, please visit wuphd.org.
UPDATE FROM Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Today (May 13) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
Summary of Recent Changes
- Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
See full details of the latest recommendations here, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.
UPDATEs FROM State of Michigan
MDHHS Alerts Vaccine Providers about Recommendations on Pfizer Vaccine for Michiganders Ages 12 to 15
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is recommending that providers begin vaccinating adolescents 12 to 15 years of age following a vote by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices supporting that recommendation. It is also recommended that the COVID vaccine can now be administered at the same time, or on the same day, as other vaccines in both children and adults.
"It's great news to have a safe and effective vaccine available to protect younger Michiganders as we work to eliminate COVID-19 once and for all," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. "We are incredibly proud that the Pfizer vaccine, which is now approved to protect our children, is manufactured right here in Michigan. As a parent, I encourage all parents with children in this group to have a conversation with your family doctor about the vaccine as soon as possible.
Read more from this May 12 press release at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-559309--,00.html.
Low-income households in Michigan now eligible for federal assistance through Emergency Broadband Benefit program
Michiganders who meet income eligibility requirements or have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to receive financial help to pay for home broadband connections and internet-enabled devices as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolls out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program recently approved by Congress.
Federal lawmakers appropriated $3.2 billion to help low-income households pay for home broadband service and equipment. Through the new program, eligible consumers may receive a $50 monthly discount on their broadband bill - $75 a month for eligible consumers living on qualifying tribal lands.
The broadband benefit program also provides for a one-time device discount of up to $100 for a laptop or desktop computer or tablet purchased through an eligible provider. Consumers receiving the discount are required to make a co-payment of more than $10 and less than $50.
Read more from this May 11 press release at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-559139--,00.html.
MDHHS launches Michigan Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker
(On May 7), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched the Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker to complement the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. This Tracker includes vaccinations of Michiganders received both in-state and out-of-state, allowing the state to provide more comprehensive data on vaccination milestones as they are reached.
"The Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker provides the most complete estimate of the number of Michigan residents ages 16 and older who have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "The safe and effective vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19. By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can protect themselves, their families and their communities and help end this pandemic as quickly as possible."
Read more from this May 7 press release at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-558825--,00.html.
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