COVID-19 numbers continue to improve in region, according to healthcare officials
Thu, 06/10/2021 - 2:29pm caleb
Munson Healthcare and DHD#10 report decreases in cases and percent positivity
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Area healthcare officials – during Tuesday’s Munson Healthcare online press conference – reported “really good news for our region” with regard to COVID-19 numbers as cases, percent positivity, and hospitalization numbers decrease.
“Our rolling average for our percent positivity is at 3.3 percent, which is awesome,” said Dr. Christine Nefcy, Munson Healthcare Chief Medical Officer. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been that low. Our cases per 100,000 are at 59. So percent positivity rate below five percent, cases per 100,000 below 100, so really good news.”
Munson Healthcare officials reported on Tuesday, June 8, that the hospital system had 10 COVID-19 inpatients.
“We still have some COVID positive patients across our healthcare system. We actually have 10 today, so way down from where we were at the peak of the most recent surge, but still seeing some active cases being hospitalized across the region,” Dr. Nefcy said.
District Health Department #10 officials – during Tuesday’s press conference – also reported improving COVID-19 numbers in the area.
“We are likewise seeing decreases in our cases,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, District Health Department #10 Medical Director. “This past week – compared to the week prior – our cases have gone down over our 10 counties altogether about 50 percent, and our cases per million have gone down about 50 percent, and our percent positivity has decreased by about 30 percent. We’re at 4.2 percent overall.”
Munson Healthcare, according to health officials, has provided more than 84,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine through “vaccine clinics, family doctors, and local health departments.”
Munson Healthcare officials said the state has a 54.4 vaccination rate and the northern Michigan region is at 58.5 percent.
“We are approaching that number where we would like to be,” Dr. Nefcy said.
Dr. Morse said District Health Department #10 has distributed more than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
“In our counties we have passed the 100,000 mark in terms of our total number of vaccines given,” Dr. Morse said.
District Health Department #10 officials said they will continue to offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Tuesdays (from 8:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.) and Fridays (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the health department offices through the month of June.
DHD#10 officials said after June, the department will be “incorporating COVID-19 vaccine into normal vaccine dates and times.”
A District Health Department #10 web page – www.dhd10.org/events/ – includes a calendar of “pop-up clinics” for vaccination at a variety of area events and area locations.