Residents are being urged to get vaccinating or boosting against COVID-19 by governor Gretchen Whitmer in a Midwestern state. This state is bracing for what is expecting the increasing transmission with the arrival of the Omicron variant.
There are eight cases of the highly contagious variant which have been identified in various Midwest counties in Michigan. This is according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Residents and Unknown Threat of Omicron
In Grand Rapids, Tuesday’s press conference has marked Whitmer’s first time participating in one of the state’s COVID-19 briefings since June. Moreover, it was her participation in part that was spurring by the unknown threat of Omicron in Michigan.
“In fact, we do really see it moving fast. Therefore, please do act fast moving forward,” Whitmer has said of the variant. “Also, we are in for a difficult six weeks because of Omicron.”
Eligible Individuals and Boosters
There are about 2.1 million eligible individuals which have received a booster. That would include 64% of the eligible seniors, Whitmer has said. In fact, there are more than 56% of Michigan residents are fully vaccinating.
Between January 15th and December 3rd, Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel did note unvaccinated individuals did account for 85% of the COVID cases, 88% of hospitalizations, and then 88.5% of deaths.
Taking Action with the Virus
“Right now, please, right now, take action,” Whitmer said. “Moreover, we do all want this to be behind us. In fact, since March 2020, we have been facing and fighting this virus. Now, it does feel like we are taking two steps forward. Also, then one step back and every one of us is tiring of it.”
However, Whitmer has said there was still hope on the horizon. It would be in the form of therapeutics and thus the potential approval of the Pfizer COVID pill.
There are about 2.1 million eligible individuals that have received a booster. That would include 64% of the eligible seniors, Whitmer has said. Plus more than 56% of the Michigan residents are fully vaccinating.
Whitmer and Hertel are urging people to get vaccinating or booster in the meantime. Then wear a mask in indoor public places or outdoor crowded locations. Also to get testing before and then after events. In addition to staying home if sick and then checking therapeutic options if one contracts COVID-19.