COVID-19

COVID infections again rising among older Michiganders

COVID-19 has been growing among people over age 50 leading to worries of its effect on the vulnerable population.

The headline over the summer was that COVID-19 was disproportionately affecting people age 30 and younger. That was due to that age group’s greater exposure to the public as medical workers, grocery store clerks, and delivery drivers. Infections among the elderly seemed to decline.

That trends has reversed itself over the past few weeks leading some health experts to worry about a resurgence of the virus among one of the state’s most vulnerable populations.

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An article on Bridge Michigan shows that in the past two weeks new infections among people 50 years old and older have steadily increased, slowly becoming the age group with the highest rate of infections.

“Any time we see a big rise among the vulnerable population … we’re going to be concerned,” said Ruthanne Sudderth, a spokesperson for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

The rise in infections has come with a corresponding rise in hospitalizations. Hospitalizations in Michigan were 876 on Wednesday, more than 300 higher than two weeks ago.

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