Covid Contraction in Michigan is Increasing
Georgia beat up Michigan Football and Coach Jim Harbaugh badly this last weekend. It was not even close. Michiganders take their football seriously, more seriously than contracting Covid.
Hospitalization for Covid increased dramatically in Michigan. According to the CDC, it is the delta strain impacting the unvaccinated Michiganders. The Republican dominated Senate and House shut down the Governor and Michigan Health Director’s ability to restrict public gatherings. This was before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And the state is in trouble.
CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky; While much of the world is focused on the new omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, delta is still a threat as “over 99 percent of sequenced cases in the United States continue to be from” the delta strain.
Stated at a Tuesday White House Covid-19 Response Team briefing.
Having the highest hospitalizations in the US when adjusted for population, Michigan’s hospitalizations are up 70 percent since Nov. 10. In the neighboring states of Indiana and Illinois, hospitalizations have almost doubled.
In Michigan, 3 of 4 hospitalized Covid patients are unvaccinated, according to Chelsea Wuth, an associate public information officer at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Unvaccinated people make up 87 percent of Covid patients who are in an intensive care unit in the state, she said, and 88 percent of Covid patients who are on a ventilator are unvaccinated. More than 70 percent Michiganders age 16 and older have had at least one shot of a Covid vaccine, she said.
Dr. Matthew Sims, a physician and director of infectious disease research at Beaumont Health (Michigan’s largest health care system):
“almost all the Covid patients coming in are unvaccinated. Roughly 600 patients are sickened with Covid across the system as of Tuesday, noting the staff is exhausted.
We’ve been doing this for so long. It does get tiring to the nurses, the doctors, everybody when we see this huge number of patients that are all coming in that are not vaccinated.”
Meanwhile in the richest county consisting of 99% white residents in Michigan (where I used to reside), the county sheriff turned over a complaint to the county prosecutor for this comment.
“Hey Twitter, I’m back. I’d like you to meet Nurse Rebecca Skoczylas, who like Holly Austin also spread misinformation at the Brighton BOE meeting. I’m calling her Nurse E.Coli b/c she’s full of (you fill in the blank). @stjoes_health I believe she’s on your staff?)”
Apparently, the nurses in question were advocating mask-less student attendance at the local schools. Their claim was the masks do not work.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
If you’re fully vaccinated and are in an area with a high number of new COVID-19 cases, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public and outdoors in crowded areas or when you are in close contact with unvaccinated people. People who haven’t been fully vaccinated should wear face masks indoors and outdoors where there is a high risk of COVID-19 transmission, such as crowded events or large gatherings. The CDC says that surgical N95 masks should be reserved for health care providers. Respirators such as KN95s and non-surgical N95s can be used by the general public when supplies are available.
The point is, no one really knows who is vaccinated or not. This is part of the problem which exists today. And it happens to exist more frequently in Republican parts of the country. Livingston County is Republican and has been for 27 years I know of. Early in December, less populated Livingston County’s with its ~190,000 residents had a higher contraction rate of Covid per 100,00 than the 8 times more populated Wayne County where Detroit is located.
Republican sheriff, Republican prosecutor, Republican judges; what more could I say. The cards were stacked against the person doing the calling out. Figuring there was not much of a case to go upon, they decided not to go to court.
6 states account for more than half of the country’s recent Covid hospitalizations (nbcnews.com)
Covid hospitalization hot spots across the U.S., in five charts (msn.com)
CDC: How well do face masks protect against coronavirus?
Wayne County, Michigan (MI) – COVID Vaccine & Risk Tracker – Covid Act Now
First, it was a bad matchup for Michigan. Alabama beat Georgia through the air and Michigan relied on its running game all season. And the Georgia quarterback had a career first half, that being said, northeast Indiana is very much like Michigan outside the cities— very low vaccination rates, full hospitals with Delta, Omicron waiting in the wings and the GOP doing everything it can to undercut public health including fomenting school board violence.
I believe the Wisconsin win over Michigan State kind of bumped Michigan out of the way for Wisconsin to go to the 1994 Rose Bowl. When Wisconsin beat UCLA, I was doing temp work at a silk-screener who I had given work to as a Purchasing Agent who was laid off. We were listening to the announcer on the radio when Wisconsin beat Michigan a game earlier. Some woman made a remark. The announcer responded back; “What, we are not supposed to win?”
For years Wisconsin was the welcome mat at the front door for Michigan to wipe their feet on. Barry brought Wisconsin a team that could win with the right coaching.
Michigan deserves better than what a snooty Harbaugh has to offer. They have all the resources and support, Wisconsin never had until Barry.
It is unfortunate Michigan can not apply as much of their energy to beating any form of Covid as they do Michigan football.
Harbaugh is like his mentor, Bo Scembechler, who is the most over rated CFB coach of all time. In all of his years at Michigan, he never once had a season with a winning record over teams that finished the season ranked. And that includes both polls back then. His “success” was totally due to the schedule, which allowed his 3 yards and a cloud of dust to work against bad football teams.
Harbaugh like Covid exists because of Michigan’s residents. They would rather have the hype than reality. They would rather die than submit to the wearing of masks, social distancing, and vaccination. In both cases, they are getting their wish although they are not #1 in college football.
Michigan football will still have its fan base minus a few fans due to Covid.
It will be interesting to see how the new realignment of congressional districts will play out as done by a citizen’s committee. Less packing and Gerrymandering.
Back to Covid for a moment…
When Three Shots Are Not Enough
NY Times – Jan 3
People with compromised immune systems are getting unapproved fourth or fifth Covid-19 shots, despite uncertainty about their safety or effectiveness.
… The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in charge of determining when additional doses should be administered, but some patients and their doctors feel that federal agencies have acted too slowly to protect the most vulnerable. …
… the C.D.C. updated their guidelines in late October to say that immunocompromised groups would be eligible for a fourth dose six months after a third. For those who followed the rules, the earliest eligibility for a fourth would be in late February. …
As Omicron surges, so, too, do fear and frustration for immunocompromised people
Boston Globe – Jan 2
it’s really quite amazing how quickly Omicron makes everything i post on it old news…
i have a Michigan update for you too:
i don’t follow football close enough to intelligently comment on it, but i would note that everytime the football or soccer crowds are shown on the tube, no one is wearing a mask..
the silver lining of a million cases a day is that we’ll be over with it in less than a year because it will run out of people to infect..
on the other hand, there’s a downside to our ‘let ‘er rip” policy, too..
just remembered i have a Michigan Covid story from a couple weeks ago…they plan to hire school bus drivers as substitute teachers cause so many teachers have been calling in sick:
Delta v Omicron
After accounting for other risk factors, the rate of person-to-person spread of the virus to fully vaccinated people was roughly 2.6 times higher in Omicron households than in Delta households, the researchers reported on medRxiv ahead of peer review. Booster-vaccinated people were nearly 3.7 times more likely to get infected in the Omicron households than in the Delta households, they found.
Looking only at Omicron households, however, booster-vaccinated people were 56% less likely to become infected compared to vaccinated people who had not received a booster.
And overall, when booster-vaccinated people were the ones who first brought home the virus, they were less likely than unvaccinated and vaccinated-but-not-boosted people to pass it to others. Boosters Reduce Risk of Omicron Household Transmission (medscape.com)