Northern Michigan health officials say coronavirus variant causes larger outbreaks

“Some of our epidemics seem to get bigger and take longer to get under control,” Meyerson said. “In some cases, we have documented that the variant was the predominant strain. Others, we can assume. The B.1.1.7 variant which was first detected in Great Britain is the most common variant from Michigan. It has been detected in over 1,600 cases and continues to spread. Alpena County had its first four known cases on Thursday.

As the virus spreads among young Michiganders, the average age of people hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment has also declined. As a result, Peacock said, his health services are asking people to do their own contact tracing, just as they did during the winter when cases last spiked.

Cases are increasing globally, faster than health services can keep up, in part because of outbreaks in schools and youth sports. “If a supplier tells you that you have tested positive for COVID, you must self-isolate for 10 days and notify your close contacts that they must be quarantined for 14 days,” she said. “You may not receive a timely call from the health department.”

“This virus is still very dangerous for everyone, and it’s not – it doesn’t necessarily have age-friendly, and, you know, everyone continues to be at risk until that we get the blanket Community immunity we need. ” Many people who were most vulnerable to the virus are now, because they were vaccinated, largely protected against it, said Lisa Peacock, head of health for the Benzie-Leelanau and Health departments. northwest Michigan. But now young people are more vulnerable.

Source Peacock, Meyerson and other health officials said the masking and distancing will help control the spread of the coronavirus variants, just as they do with the original strain. But they said the key to returning to normal life is a high vaccination rate in all population groups.

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