The latest virus rule mix can be a bit confusing
COVID-19 control efforts are again as confusing as it gets. The result is a mixture of control efforts and many public administrators sitting on the fence unsure of what to do. Many questions are raised about who says what and on the basis of clearly demonstrated evidence.
The Detroit News reports that based on the latest control orders from the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Michigan’s counties are expected to follow the government’s new mask guidelines. Away from that number, residents are ordering residents to submit to the new mask for everyone inside the councils. Even some who have noticeable positive test results have yet to take this step. Part of the problem is the difference between the rates of positive tests and the rates of hospitalizations and deaths.
Some medical experts agree that the COVID-19 virus is not going to go away. Like all viruses before and since the numbers can be staggering. But immunity is built with normal bodily responses, or vaccines, or a combination. Hospitalizations and death rates indicate real and immediate danger. So far, these numbers are far from overwhelming.
Most county health departments, including the Calhoun County Public Health Department, continue to strongly recommend vaccination. But none so far in Michigan supports a return to shutdowns or severe cuts in personal or business activities like what we saw last year during the virus outbreak.
Schools in the region are grappling to some extent with how they will manage the return to class of young people in the region. So far, none of the K-12 schools in the area need immunizations to return to school. It is something however that some Michigan colleges are already deciding that the vaccination is an absolute for students to come back for the fall semester. They include the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Western Michigan University votes against a vaccination warrant. But WMU offers vaccination incentives for students and staff.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is not suggesting she might be ready for a repeat of closures like the one she ordered last spring. And just last week, the country hit a 70% vaccination rate.