In collaboration with the Western U.P. Health Department and Emergency Operation Centers in Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Keweenaw County and Ontonagon County, Copper Country Strong Briefs will be shared regularly through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, they are released on Thursdays.
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UPDATES FROM THE WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS THROUGH MARCH 30
Case counts remain at very similar levels to last week with all five counties of the Western Upper Peninsula remaining in the "Low" COVID-19 Community Level Marker. Unfortunately we did lose two people who died with COVID-19. One in Gogebic County, the other in Houghton County.
If you're interested in getting a vaccine, many regional providers have same-day availability. Visit coppercountrystrong.com/vaccine to find out where you can get one in the Western U.P.
Next COVID-19 Town Hall is Tonight
The COVID-19 Town Hall Series is free of charge, and open to the public. Each session features a diverse panel of experts and will focus on different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our communities. Join us on the final Thursday of each month. The town hall broadcasts can be viewed live at 7:00pm EST through a Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live or heard on 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) and 107.7 Q107 (WMQT-FM). Each town hall can also be viewed on ABC 10 the following Sunday at 12:00pm EST.
This months topic is Global COVID-19 perspectives. Learn more at mtu.edu.
UPDATE FROM STATE OF MICHIGAN
Second booster doses authorized for those ages 50 and older; 12 years and older if immunocompromised
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces that all Michiganders ages 50 and up and moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals over age 12 may choose to receive a second booster vaccine. Read more at Michigan.gov.
UPDATE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals
Data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19. For adults and adolescents eligible for a first booster dose, these shots are safe and provide substantial benefit. Read more at cdc.gov.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to protect against hospitalization and death among adults
COVID-19 vaccination continues to help protect adults against severe illness with COVID-19, including hospitalizations and death, according to two reports released. Read more at cdc.gov.
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