Michigan has been number one in the United States in an area we really don’t want to be, number one with new covid-19 infections and hospitalizations. The Governor asked all of us to voluntarily stop dining out, mask up and social distance. It was an ask, not an order. It’s looking like many did the right thing as we are now seeing some positive changes. Our 7 day average of daily new cases has now dropped by more than 1,200 in a weeks time.

Yesterday our State Health Department reported 5,600 cases and 45 deaths in the past 24 hours, that’s down significantly from the third surge's peak of 7,000 back on April 13. Even the seven day average of tests has dropped. We are making good progress on the vaccine front in Michigan, in residents 16 and older about 46% have had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 31% are fully vaccinated.

AP Michigan reports

The surge has led some school districts to return to remote classes for older students. Others, such as Ann Arbor, have delayed a return from a 13-month closure for fourth graders and above. Lansing’s district on Wednesday said all classes will remain online through the end of the academic year. Kids there have been virtual since March 2020. “We must do this in order to keep our staff, students and their families safe,” superintendent Sam Sinicropi said in a statement. “It is our goal to open and implement a rigorous eight-week summer program.”

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We are making progress with vaccines and we’ve managed to bring down the current surge, but even if you have been vaccinated you still need to protect others by masking up and social distancing. You may be protected by the vaccine, but you can still spread the virus to others.

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