4/9/21: No surge of vaccines for Michigan

Governor announces Friday press conference. Almost 5M shots given in Michigan. Hospitalizations rise by 1K in a week. Kalamazoo infection average nearing highest ever.

Vaccines: Federal officials have no plans to send a surge of vaccines to Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and other state health officials have been pleading with the Biden administration to flood the state with vaccine supplies. That’s due to the unprecedented wave of new infection numbers that have made Michigan first in the nation for COVID-19 rates.

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Instead, the federal government will continue to allocate new vaccines to states based on population regardless of infection rates.

Even without a surge of supplies, Michigan is making headway in its vaccination efforts. Nearly 5 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the state as of Wednesday. Nearly a quarter of the adult population has now been fully vaccinated.

Michigan: Whitmer is planning a press conference for 10am Friday. Her administration hasn’t revealed what she intends to talk about, but there is speculation she could announce new COVID-19 restrictions meant to curb the state’s rising infection rates.

Many health experts have called on the governor to do something to address the COVID-19 surge in Michigan. But as recently as Wednesday, state leaders were saying they weren’t considering new restrictions.

State health officials reported 7,819 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That pushed the seven day average to 6,429 new cases per day. That’s very close to the height of the fall pandemic when the state was averaging a little over 7,000 new cases per day.

Officials also reported 73 new deaths from the coronavirus, with 43 of them discovered during a routine review of previous death records. The state is averaging 37 deaths per day over the past week.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations have increased by more than 1,000 in the past seven days. On Thursday, officials reported that 3,730 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in the state. That’s 135 more than on Wednesday. Health experts are predicting that hospitalizations will reach the highest they have ever been within a week.

Kalamazoo County: The average of new infections in Kalamazoo is very close to reaching its highest number ever.

County health officials reported 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That pushed the seven day average to 149 new cases per day. The county hit its peak with 150.14 new infections per day on December 2 of last year.

The county also reported one new death from the coronavirus. The county is averaging 0.43 deaths per day over the past week.

Hospitalization numbers are rising in the county just as they are around the state. Both Kalamazoo hospitals are reporting they are over 90% capacity. Combined, they were treating 87 COVID-19 patients on Thursday. Bronson Methodist Hospital reported it was operating at 93% capacity, while Ascension Borgess Hospital was operating at 98% capacity.

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