Spring surge ending, but experts wary of the fall

Medical experts warn low COVID rates over the summer could lull people into a false sense of security.

We seem to have successfully come out the spring surge of the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan. As of Saturday, the state is averaging just a few hundred new cases per day and the positivity rate is the lowest it’s been in months.

Still, health experts warn the pandemic may not be over just yet.

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“[COVID-19] is somewhat seasonal and so I would say next fall we could see another tick up,” said Dr. Richard Van Enk, director of infection prevention for Bronson Healthcare Group in an interview with WWMT.

He worries we could see a repeat of what happened last year.

Last summer, the coronavirus subsided in Michigan. New infection numbers fell into the low hundreds as daily death numbers fell into the dozens. All that ended after school started and both stats skyrocketed.

Of course, Michigan has a tool it didn’t have last time around: Vaccines. As of last week, nearly 60% of state residents 12 and older had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

However vaccination rates are declining, leaving many people susceptible to another wave of infections.

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