Date: November 12, 2021
COVID-19 cases have risen 23% percent in Lenawee County over the past 4 weeks and the average daily number of cases has increased by 12% from the week prior. The health department has already reported 7 deaths so far in the month of November. The high number of COVID-19 cases in Lenawee County is severely impacting families, schools, workplaces and the healthcare system in our community.
“Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is reporting a 10% increase in hospital census across the state compared to this time last year. COVID -19 numbers spiked again this week. ProMedica Hickman Hospital has been at maximum capacity all week, managing consistently higher acuity levels which means sicker patients. Today, 80% of the COVID-19 patients at ProMedica Hickman Hospital are unvaccinated. Of those patients with COVID-19 in critical care or on a ventilator at our facility, nearly all are unvaccinated” stated Dr. Julie Yaroch, President, Charles & Virginia Hickman Hospital.
“We can all choose to practice simple prevention strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, which in turn prevents hospitalizations and deaths. Please choose to be part of the solution and practice these simple prevention strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect others in our community” said Martha Hall, Lenawee County Health Officer.
Here's how you can help:
- If you or your child are able to get vaccinated, please get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free and readily available at pharmacies, some healthcare providers and at the Lenawee County Health Department. If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine, get the facts by talking to your healthcare provider.
- If you are eligible for a booster dose of vaccine, get your booster dose at a pharmacy, healthcare provider or at the health department.
- If you or your child are sick, stay home and stay away from other people. Do not assume that your symptoms are just a cold or allergies. Get tested for COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, get tested.
- If you are going into a public indoor space, wear a mask over your mouth and nose.
- Avoid crowded indoor spaces or spaces that are poorly ventilated. Increase ventilation by opening doors and windows.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer