Delta variant confirmed in Jackson, Ionia Counties

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) has confirmed that the delta variant is in Jackson County, despite vaccination rates being on the rise.

The Ionia County Health Department (ICHD) received a report form the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), confirming two cases of the delta variant in Ionia County.

According to a release from the JCHD, they say the following about the variants of the COVID-19 virus,

  1. Variants are expected. The best way to slow the emergence of new variants is to reduce the spread of infection by taking measures to protect yourself including getting a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
  2. Vaccines keep you from getting sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
  3. All COVID-19 tests can detect all variants, but they will not tell you which variant you have.

The health department also recommends wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status, citing that people should remember the phrase “Bring It, Wear It”.

Some ways to minimize your chance of getting COVID, according to the JCHD:

  • Get a vaccine. 
  • Frequently wash your hands
  • Wear a mask if you are in tightly enclosed places or within 6 feet of others
  • Check out rates of transmission in areas you may be traveling to
  • Get tested if you are exposed to COVID or if you experience symptoms (see attached Exposure Guideline)
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well (this means no visitors, no quick stops, no drive thru, etc.)

The ICHD has issued the following precautions for residents to take:

  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated for COVID-19, please get vaccinated as soon as possible. Call your local health department, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine, or call 211 for more information.
  • Wear a mask around others if not fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, follow the current CDC recommendations for mask wearing. Wearing a mask is always the safest choice.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have been in close contact with others who are positive or are experiencing symptoms (regardless of your own vaccination status). Testing locations can be found by visiting www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest or by calling 211.
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Keep at least six feet apart from others where feasible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands frequently.

Jackson County also has three walk-in vaccination clinics where one can go to get a dose:

  • Jackson County Health Department
  • Center for Family Health
  • HFAH Walkin Clinics

For the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, click here. While there are no specifics about how many people in Jackson County have the delta variant, as of today- the number of cumulative coronavirus cases sits at 15,264.

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