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Michigan COVID-19 surge rivals previous rise

A coronavirus vaccine is prepared
Greg Nash

Michigan is struggling to deal with a COVID-19 surge this spring that rivals the previous surge in cases the state saw in the fall.

Michigan saw a rise in cases in the fall, when the state experienced more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases every day for 10 days.

Currently, the state has seen more than 7,000 coronavirus cases for almost two weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Despite the current surge in cases rivaling that of the fall, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus have been down.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has not implemented new lockdowns during the surge and instead has asked the Biden administration for more vaccines in order to combat the coronavirus. 

Although there are lower hospitalization rates, some medical systems are still being overwhelmed in the state.

Capacity levels are being met in some areas due to the surge, Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system, said, according to the Journal.

“Our COVID-19 numbers are climbing higher and faster, and it’s very troubling and alarming to see this,” Beaumont Health Chief Executive John Fox said. “We cannot do this alone. We need everyone’s help immediately.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky previously said that the state needs to shut down again in order to combat the rise in cases.

“When you have an acute situation, an extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccines — in fact, we know the vaccine will have a delayed response,” Walensky said.

Tags coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 COVID-19 surge Gretchen Whitmer Michigan Rochelle Walensky

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