Michigan urges masking indoors, vaccines as COVID-19 surges
LANSING, Mich. – Faced with spiking COVID-19 infections, Michigan health officials will issue a public health advisory recommending that everyone over age 2 wear a mask at indoor gatherings regardless of vaccination status. They pleaded Friday with people to get the vaccine and, if eligible, a booster shot amid a fourth surge.
In a statement on Michigan.gov website, MDHHS Director, Elizabeth Hertel said, "The increases in case counts, percent positivity and hospitalizations have us very concerned. We are issuing the face mask advisory and are looking to Michiganders to do their part to help protect their friends, their families and their communities by wearing a mask in indoor settings and getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu as soon as possible if they have not already done so."
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The pending step comes before the Thanksgiving holiday, when families will gather inside in a state with the country’s highest seven-day case rate.
MDHHS says if you are considering traveling, it is recommended that you be fully vaccinated or delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.
More 70% of Michigan infections, hospitalizations and deaths were among the unvaccinated or those partially vaccinated over the most recent 30 day-period for which there is complete data.