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Michigan COVID-19 cases, testing positivity continue decline

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Michigan added 388 cases and 72 deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday as cases fell for the seventh straight week.

The numbers bring Michigan’s total of cases to 890,345 and deaths to 19,365 since the virus was first detected in March 2020, according to the state health department.

Cases and positive tests in the state have decreased in the past seven weeks. The nationwide 7-day average of tests that come back positive is 3.3%.

This week Michigan added 2,626 cases and 202 deaths from the virus.

Last week, the state added 3,778 cases and 158 deaths, a decrease from the previous week when Michigan added 8,578 cases and 332 deaths from the virus. In the week of May 9-13, when the state added 11,991 new cases and 402 deaths from the virus.

The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set from November 15-21. The second highest weekly total was 47,316 from November 22-28.

The weekly record of 808 deaths was recorded in mid-December.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the MI Vacc to Normal plan last month, which ties the future of COVID-19 restrictions to the percentage of residents who received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

On Tuesday, the state completely lifted the outdoor capacity limits and increased the indoor capacity limits to 50%. The state, Whitmer said, is aiming to remove all of its mandates by July 1.

As of Thursday, 59% of Michigan residents over the age of 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

With children ages 12-15 eligible for the Pfizer vaccine in the state earlier this month, the percentage of the population vaccinated fell to approximately 53.8% as the population increased.

Whitmer said vaccine supply is now exceeding demand but “hopefully we will hit 70%.”

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Michigan’s latest data

Michigan is in the country’s top 10 at 55 cases per 100,000 – a decrease from a high of 519 cases per capita in early April. The Virgin Islands lead the way with 96 cases per 100,000 people, beating Washington with 95 cases per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Southwest Michigan, the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, and Lansing regions have the fastest growth in COVID-19 cases.

The 10-19 year olds have the highest case numbers in the state, followed by 20-29, then 30-39. Since April, the number of cases among 50 to 79 year olds has decreased by more than 50%.

From January to May, there were 438 youth sports outbreaks, resulting in 1,664 infections, with most of the clusters coming from basketball, hockey, and wrestling. For the past week, most of the new cases have been baseball, dance, athletics, lacrosse, and volleyball.

The state has the highest inpatient bed occupancy and the fourth highest death rate in the United States, according to the CDC’s COVID data tracker.

In four states, hospital admissions are increasing every week. Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, and the city of Washington, DC have the highest hospital patient numbers per capita.

About 5.2% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

As of Friday, 846 people with COVID-19 had been hospitalized, including 252 in an intensive care unit and 157 other patients on ventilators. That’s a 79% decrease from April 19, when hospital admissions peaked at 4,158 patients.

Approximately 21 hospitals in Michigan were 90% or more busy as of May 27. Beaumont Hospital Wayne, Mercy Health Campus, and Spectrum Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital were at full capacity, according to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

State Department of Health officials remain cautious as new variants of COVID-19 spread. The variants are identified through target testing and state officials expect there will be cases of variants that have not been identified or recorded.

As of May, Michigan has 11,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants – the majority or 10,957 cases are B.1.1.7.

► More: Why Michigan’s Variants Remain Dangerous Despite Falling COVID Cases

The first case of variant B.1.1.7 was identified in January in a University of Michigan student who had traveled from the United Kingdom. There are 533 cases of the variant within the Michigan Department of Corrections following an outbreak of 90 cases at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia County.

The first case of the South African variant B.1.351 was confirmed by the State Bureau of Laboratories in a boy from Jackson County. There are a total of 67 cases of the variant.

The first case of the P.1 variant from Brazil was identified in a resident of Bay County. There are now 217 confirmed cases of P.1.

There are also 296 confirmed cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429, two variants that were formed in California.

The first case of B.1.617 was identified in Clinton County in May. The variant was first discovered in India in October. There are now 23 cases in the state.

Wayne County has the greatest distribution of variant B.1.1.7 with more than 1,200 cases and a further 546 in Detroit. There are six of the seven variants in Counties Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb, Livingston and Genesee. Oakland and Clinton Counties all have reported variants.

Vaccines available to everyone 12 and over

14-year-old Koby Rauner will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by nurse Ashly Hofbauer as his parents Sarah and Adam watch on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield.

As of Wednesday, the state had administered 8.3 million out of 11 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine distributed.

The state’s fully vaccinated population includes 71% of all seniors aged 65 and over, 57% of those aged 50 to 64; 44% of people aged 40 to 49 years; 40% of people aged 30 to 39 years; 30% of people aged 20 to 29 years; and 27% of people ages 16-19, according to the state’s data tracker.

Last week, Moderna said its COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection for children 12 years and older and is next looking to distribute the vaccine to that age group. It plans to submit its teenage data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other global regulators early next month.

Less than 1% of people who are fully vaccinated test positive, according to state metrics.

In Detroit, vaccination rates are lagging behind. So far, around 35% of residents have received a dose, according to the city’s COVID-19 dashboard. Compared to 59% in Outer-Wayne Counties, 52% in Macomb Counties, and 63% in Oakland and Washtenaw Counties.

To intensify vaccinations, Detroit is offering “good neighbors” incentives and vaccination clinics to visit the TCF Center, Farewell Recreational Center, Northwest Activities Center, and the Samaritan Center. No appointment is required.

The virus has been blamed for more than 595,000 deaths and 33.3 million confirmed infections in the United States

As of Monday, the state is tracking 692 active outbreaks, including 11 new school outbreaks in educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, since last week.

Another 11 outbreaks occurred in long-term care facilities, four outbreaks in daycare and childcare programs, six in manufacturing and four in retail.

The state is considering 818,165 people who have recovered from the virus as of May 28.

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Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic could cause human trafficking crisis

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the world after drug trafficking.

The statistics are terrifying. Most women are raped 6,000 times and each woman is worth $ 100,000 a year, making them very valuable and making their chances of escape almost impossible. It doesn’t just happen in big cities or poor neighborhoods, but in almost every community in our country and experts fear that COVID-19 will trigger a human trafficking crisis.

“I had a very difficult divorce from a very wealthy husband. He actually let me be trafficked so I wouldn’t get custody of my five children, ”trafficked survivor Kimberly Lansford told Ivanhoe.

Kimberly Lansford was 27 when traffickers drugged her and took her from Denver to Mexico City.

“You’re being broken into by terror, a lot of physical abuse, a lot of sexual abuse,” said Kimberly Lansford.

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Kimberly’s nightmare lasted 19 years until …

“The Samaritan Village found me,” said Kimberly Lansford.

For more than a decade, Samaritan Village has been helping women rebuild their lives.

“Young women who feel ugly, unwanted and unseen can visit these traffickers and fill that void,” said Dionne Coleman, executive director of Samaritan Village.

Samaritan Village offers hope and provides housing free of charge for 18 months. Survivors receive mental, physical and dental care, access to professional training and, most importantly, support. Money from donors and from their thrift store is helping to cover the costs, but now organizations like these fear the consequences of the pandemic.

“We call it the calm before the storm, so to speak. I know there will be a lot of people who will need help when we all get back to normal, ”said Dionne Coleman.

Some women could not get any help during the lockdown.

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“It doesn’t just happen to the underclass or to drug addicts, it’s not true. It happens to people like me every day, ”announced Kimberly Lansford.

“When you see something, copy someone who feels, or there’s a pairing of people who doesn’t feel right, call this human trafficking hotline,” said Dionne Coleman.

The biggest misconception about human trafficking is that the victims are runaways or addicts. Family Members Selling Family members, as in Kimberly’s case, is common.

Also, traffickers often target high school girls and threaten to ruin their reputations. Samaritan Village works with local colleges for scholarships. To learn more, visit samaritanvillage.net.

Sources: https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=23329, https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem https://www.samaritanvillage.net/

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Contributors to this news report are: Marsha Lewis, producer; Matt Goldschmidt, videographer; Roque Correa, editor. To receive a free weekly email on Ivanhoe’s Smart Living, sign up at: http://www.ivanhoe.com/ftk

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Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism on Racial Inequality in U.S. Police Work on Friday, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for Chronicle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the two topics that the Last year’s headlines dominated.

The Star Tribune won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for its “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the police murder of George Floyd last May, while Reuters and Atlantic shared the award in explanatory coverage.

The Pulitzer Prizes are the most prestigious awards in American journalism and have been presented since 1917, when newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer bequeathed them to Columbia University in New York.

In 2020, “the country’s news organizations are faced with the complexities of covering a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, and a bitterly competitive presidential election, one at a time,” said Mindy Marques, co-chair of the Pulitzer Board of Directors, at the announcement ceremony, which broadcast online has been .

The board cited Reuters reporters Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts for the “groundbreaking data analysis” of their “Shielded” series, which showed how an obscure legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” shielded police officers make excessive use of the force of law enforcement.

Reuters editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement that the series shaped the debate over American police reform.

“In a year of stormy protests against the police killings of black Americans, ‘Shielded’ was a work of tremendous moral force on the persistent problem facing the world’s most powerful democracy, the legacy of racial injustice,” the statement said.

The Pulitzer Prize for Reuters, an entity of Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO), was the ninth since 2008 and the sixth in the past four years.

The Reuters team shared the explanatory coverage award with Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who was recognized by the board for “a series of clear, definitive contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Mary Stewart holds an obituary for her son Luke Stewart on November 12, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. REUTERS / Megan Jelinger

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Reuters’ series of police stories were triggered by a single case – and required lengthy, complex data analysis.

In April 2017, the US Supreme Court declined to reopen an unarmed suspect alleging unconstitutional excessive violence against a Houston police officer for shooting him in the back. Reuters Supreme Court reporters Chung and Hurley have teamed up with data reporters Januta, Dowdell and Botts. They analyzed hundreds of cases and found that since 2005 the courts have shown an increasing tendency to grant immunity in cases of excessive violence. They then detailed the cases of a number of victims of police violence who were denied justice, even after courts found the officers were too violent.

The first Reuters story came out just weeks before the murder of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in handcuffs when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. The coverage had a broad influence on the national discussion of US police problems.

“The data we produced was quoted in almost every major news organization immediately after the George Floyd murder,” Hurley said, adding that it was also quoted in court records and informally by judges.

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Many of the 2021 Pulitzer Awards went to coverage of policing and the global protest movement that broke out after Floyd’s assassination: the Associated Press won the Breaking News Photography Award for pictures of the protests, while Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times for editorial contributions won for his work on bail reform and prisons.

The board also said it gave Darnella Frazier, the teenage viewer who recorded a video of Floyd’s murder on her cell phone, a “special quote” highlighting “the vital role of citizens in helping journalists find truth and justice” .

The New York Times won the Public Service Journalism Award, often considered the most coveted of the 22 awards, for its “predictive and comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.” The Boston Globe won for investigative coverage for exposing a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road.

The announcement of the prices on Friday, each worth $ 15,000, had been postponed to April amid the pandemic. The awards dinner, which usually takes place shortly after at Columbia University, has been postponed until the fall.

The Pulitzer Board of Directors also recognizes achievements in seven categories in the arts and awarded Louise Erdrich its Fiction Prize for her novel “The Night Watchman” about attempting to evict Indian tribes in the 1950s.

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Oregon reports no new COVID-19 related deaths, 308 new cases; transmission rate falling

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PORTLAND, Oregon (KTVZ) – Oregon has no new deaths related to COVID-19 and the state’s death toll remains at 2,726, the Oregon Health Department reported Friday.

OHA also reported 308 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 at 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state’s total to 204,587.

Information from today’s media briefing

On Friday morning, Governor Kate Brown and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Health Commissioner and State Epidemiologist at OHA, provided an update on Oregon’s ongoing COVID-19 response. Governor Brown highlighted Oregon’s continued progress in meeting its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of all eligible Oregonians and filling the equity gap in vaccinating Oregon’s colored communities.

Dr. Sidelinger discussed the high protective effects of COVID-19 vaccines, noting that virtually every patient who now requires hospital treatment for COVID-19 is unvaccinated.

See more about it here and read the topics of the press conference here.

Update on CDC data tracker problems

OHA has relied on a daily data update from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) to report the number of people who will need COVID-19 vaccination to reach the Oregon goal, 70% of the time Vaccinate people over the age of 18.

Unfortunately, CDC has an issue with the data feed contributing to its COVID data tracker dashboard, which Oregon is using to track the state’s progress toward 70%.

CDC anticipates that approximately two days of data will not appear on the CDC COVID data tracker dashboard. CDC is working to resolve the issue and expects to have it resolved by June 15th. The COVID data tracker is the only place that reports doses from all sources that have been given to Oregonians, including doses given by federal agencies as well as doses given to living people in Oregon by vendors in other states.

The latest COVID-19 modeling report shows a decline in transmission

On Friday, OHA released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which showed lower transmission of the virus through the end of May and forecast fewer hospitalizations and daily cases through June 29.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate – the expected number of secondary cases a single case will generate – was estimated to be 0.66 by May 26.

At the same transmission rate, daily cases would drop to 100 daily cases and new hospital admissions to five per day over the next three weeks.

If transmission increased by 20%, the number of new cases would gradually decrease to 135 new daily cases with seven new hospital admissions daily.

The modeling shows that estimated immunity from vaccination is present in four times more people than naturally acquired immunity. Natural immunity is immunity that stems from a previous infection.

A person who has had COVID-19 and has recovered may not have the same level of immunity as a person who has not been infected and has been fully vaccinated, and it is not known how long natural immunity will last.

People who have recovered from the disease will respond strongly to the vaccine. OHA recommends people get the vaccine to increase their protection against COVID-19.

More than 2.3 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of the safe and highly effective vaccine, and 2 million have completed a vaccine series, OHA said.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Friday that 24,213 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been added to the state vaccination registry. Of these, 15,926 doses were administered on Thursday and 8,987 on the previous days, but entered in the vaccine register on Thursday.

The running average over seven days is now 17,697 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,352,742 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,662,657 first and second doses of Moderna, and 154,388 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of Friday, 2,007,367 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,310,053 people who received at least one dose. The number of adult Oregonians who need vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 87,702.

It can take several days to complete the daily cumulative totals as providers have 72 hours to report the doses administered, and technical challenges have left many providers delayed in their reporting. OHA provides technical support to vaccination centers to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Vaccination Information System (IIS).

To date, 2,862,225 doses of Pfizer, 2,176,380 doses of Moderna and 299,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been shipped to locations across Oregon.

These dates are preliminary and are subject to change.

The OHA dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and the Oregon dashboard was updated on Friday.

COVID-19 hospital stays

The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 169, down four from Thursday. There are 40 COVID-19 patients on the beds of the intensive care unit (ICU), one less than on Thursday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed days in the last seven days is 1,278, a decrease of 23.4% compared to the previous seven days. The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the past seven days is 206.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may vary between reporting times. The numbers do not reflect the number of admissions per day or the length of hospital stay. Personnel restrictions are not recorded in this data and can further limit the bed capacity.

More information on hospital capacity can be found here.

St. Charles Bend reported 25 COVID-19 patients, five of them in intensive care, all on ventilators at 4 a.m. on Friday.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported on Friday are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (34), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (1), Crook (8), Curry (2), Deschutes (14), Douglas (15), Grant (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (21), Jefferson (3), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1) , Lane (12), Lincoln (1), Linn (12), Malheur (2), Marion (31), Multnomah (67), Polk (5), Umatilla (11), Union (1), Wasco (1) , Washington (37) and Yamhill (7).

Note: From April 30 through June 10, based on routine data quality reviews, the OHA identified 19,992 duplicate negative electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) relating to a single laboratory in Yamhill County. These double negative ELRs were removed from the system Thursday night. As a result, ELR numbers across the state and Yamhill County have declined, and percent positivity has increased for that period.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit the OHA website (English or Spanish) for a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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