Michigan sees no holiday COVID spike

Two weeks after Memorial Day weekend there has been no surge in COVID infections.

It has been more than two weeks since the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The unofficial start of summer involved lots of public gatherings with people packed into outdoor – and indoor – spaces.

In pre-vaccine times, holidays have come with a corresponding rise in COVID numbers. Typically, rates of COVID-19 infections have jumped in the two weeks after a holiday. That did not happen this time around.

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In fact, COVID-19 metrics continued to decline in the days and weeks following Memorial Day, indicating that vaccines are halting the spread of the coronavirus. In the week ending June 1 – right after Memorial Day – there were an average of 466 new cases of COVID-19 per day. By Wednesday that number had dropped to 217 per day.

“This is definitely a demonstration that the vaccines work,” Emily Toth Martin, an epidemiologist at University of Michigan, said in an interview with MLive.

Last year, there was no vaccine. State leaders had warned people off crowded celebrations and infection rates stayed pretty flat following Memorial Day. Still, infection rates were high compared to now, and they stayed high.

This year, coronavirus transmission rates are fading. Besides the effect of the vaccines, COVID-19 seems to decline during warmer weather.

But experts warn that unvaccinated people continue to face risk from the virus. As long as it hangs around, people can still get sick and die from COVID-19.

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