Michigan surpasses 450,000 COVID-19 cases


Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan added 4,024 new COVID-19 cases today with 190 deaths.

Of the 190 deaths, 125 were identified in a vital records review.

Coronavirus cases in Michigan have dropped in the past week, but the positivity rate is still above the World Health Organization‘s recommended 5%.

In fact, only three U.S. states meet the WHO’s recommended test positivity of 5%, which are: Vermont, Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

Michigan falls on the lower end of that scale with a 9.36% positivity rate. Idaho is no.1 with the highest percentage of COVID-19 cases at 52% while the lowest is Vermont, where only 2.06% of tests come back positive.

Vaccine makes its way to Mid-Michigan

 More than nine months since Michigan reported its first cases of COVID-19, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse at McLaren Greater Lansing, Dawn Chapel has received the vaccine in Mid-Michigan.

“I’m honored to be receiving the vaccine,” said Dawn Chapel, RN in the ICU at McLaren Greater Lansing. “I’m extremely hopeful for the future and very excited. This feels like a light coming from the darkness.”

Annie Everett, EVS tech, Chelsey Towns, RN, Lisa Sharp, Respiratory Therapist, Dr. Chintalapudi A. Kumar, MD, ICU also received the vaccine.

You can read that full story of the vaccine making its way to Mid-Michigan here.

Meanwhile, in West Michigan:

Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare launched their COVID-19 vaccination programs for health care workers today.

Borgess, which received 975 doses of the vaccine in its first shipment, gave its first shots at 1 p.m. The first to get it was registered nurse Dawn Fierke, followed by two more nurses, a doctor and a respiratory therapist.

“I have a big grin on my face right now underneath my mask, and I frankly have goosebumps,” said Ascension Borgess President Peter Bergmann, who went on to praise his employees for their care and perseverance throughout the pandemic.

Bronson will get started at 3 p.m.

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