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Where Michigan stands with COVID-19 on its way to Thanksgiving

COVID-19 cases in Michigan soar into Thanksgiving week.

This spike in the number of cases and an increase in hospitalizations is causing concern among health officials with holiday celebrations just days away.

This prompted Detroit’s Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo to issue guidelines for safe collection during the holiday season.

Here are the latest COVID updates in Michigan:

Masks recommended regardless of vaccination status

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an advisory Friday recommending that all people wear face masks at indoor gatherings.

The advice includes all people over the age of 2, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

It also recommends that companies have policies that require employees and customers to wear masks.

State leads nation in COVID cases

CDC data released Tuesday shows Michigan has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

That data showed that Michigan had more than 50,311 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, which equates to 503.8 cases per 100,000. As of Friday, that number was 589 cases per 100,000.

Michigan last led the nation in business in April.

As of Thursday, 220 people have been killed in Michigan in the past seven days.

Many states, including Michigan, are classified as having a high level of community transmission.

California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington DC are classified with substantial levels of community transmission.

Two states, Florida and Hawaii, have moderate levels of community transmission.

Hospital admissions are increasing

Hospitals across the country are seeing a spike in hospital admissions.

In the past three weeks, Henry Ford says his hospital system has seen a 60% increase in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID.

“We have 330 patients with COVID who have been hospitalized in our five hospitals. We have an additional 35 patients with COVID or suspected Covid,” said Henry Ford Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Adnan Munkarah. “Our highest number of COVID patients is at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, which has 81 patients with COVID.”

Those Henry Ford numbers were as of Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Traverse City-based Munson Healthcare moved its pandemic response to “red.”

“It’s the first time in Munson Healthcare’s history that we’ve made that decision,” Chief Medical Officer Christine Nefcy. “Obviously, this is also the first pandemic we’ve all faced in 100 years.”

Beaumont Health also reported an influx of COVID-19 patients. Last week, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nicholas Gilpin that the current rise could last 4-5 months.

West Michigan’s Spectrum Health reported a 40% increase in COVID-19 patients since Nov. 1.

dr. Anthony Fauci said he is concerned about the number of vaccinated people being hospitalized in the US, noting that they have not been given booster injections.

“What we’re starting to see now is an increase in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not boosted,” he said Tuesday. “It’s a significant portion, but certainly not the majority.”

FDA Approves Booster for All Adults

On Friday, the FDA approved COVID-19 booster shots for all people 18 and older.

This would allow adults to opt for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six months after their last dose. Boosters can be mixed or matched with the original vaccine received.

However, before this can happen, the CDC must agree to extend the boosters to healthy young adults.

The CDC’s scientific advisers will argue differently on Friday.

COVID outbreaks in schools

Michigan reports new COVID outbreaks at school every Monday.

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The state defines a COVID school outbreak as a school with “multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers or staff, within a specified core group” or at least three cases within 14 days of each other that have had no contact outside of the school.

This week, the state reported nearly 90 new outbreaks.

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