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UPDATEs FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The case rate in the Western U.P. rose slightly to 488.0 cases per 100,000 population from 439.2. That included increases in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton and Ontonagon counties. Three people in the Western U.P. died in that seven-day period.
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.
Limited COVID-19 Antigen Testing and Vaccination Clinics
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announces that it has partnered with the Michigan National Guard to provide additional free community wide COVID-19 antigen testing and vaccination sites at several locations in the health district.
The new clinic schedule for November, including clinic locations are as follows:
- Tuesday, 11/9, 11/23, and 11/30, Memorial Building, 213 S Marquette St., Ironwood, MI, 11 AM to 6 PM CT.
- Wednesday, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17, Ontonagon Village Fire Hall, 315 River St., Ontonagon, MI, 10 AM to 5 PM ET.
- Thursday 11/18 ONLY, 821 Water Street, Hancock, MI, 8 AM to 6 PM ET.
Moderna and J&J vaccine will be available at all clinics. Pfizer vaccine is available on a limited basis; please call your local health department office for more information. Booster shot are available per CDC guidelines.
Pre-registration is not required, and participants do not need insurance, a prescription or a doctor’s order to be tested. Participants are encouraged to wear a mask and bring a driver’s license or other photo ID.
Update from MDHHS
Children ages 5 to 11 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), doctors and state public health leaders today urged Michigan parents to get their children ages 5 to 11 vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 pediatric vaccine, which received emergency use authorization for this age group from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Nov. 2.
MDHHS is recommending providers begin vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 years as soon as possible.
"Being able to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine brings us hope and also an additional opportunity to urge all eligible Michiganders to get vaccinated," said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. "We know these vaccines work and protect our children and their families. Even healthy children can suffer serious affects from COVID-19. The vaccines remain our way out of the pandemic, and more than 825,000 children in our state are now eligible."
In Michigan, there have been more than 201,000 confirmed COVID cases in those age 19 and younger, and 20 deaths have been reported in ages 10 to 19 as of Nov. 2. More than 450 children under the age of 12 become infected with the virus each day.
Read more at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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