Michigan has become a hot spot for the novel coronavirus at an interesting time. Close to one-third of the United States has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and cases appear to be dropping across the country.
And yet — Michigan remains high with infections. Per The Associated Press, Michigan saw more than 91,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, which is more than California and Texas had combined during the same time period.
So why has it happened? According to The Associated Press, it’s due to a number of factors.
Doctors, medical professionals and public health officials point to a number of factors that explain how the situation has gotten so bad in Michigan. More contagious variants, especially the mutation first discovered in Britain, have taken root here with greater prevalence than other states. Residents have emerged from harsh, lengthy state restrictions on dining and crowd sizes and abandoned mask wearing and social distancing, especially in rural, northern parts of the state that had largely avoided severe outbreaks. The state has also had average vaccine compliance.
Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, recently said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Michigan is an example of a state that has struggled to make an impact on herd immunity, which could hurt the entire country’s desire to return to normal.
- “There are other places that are way behind, and those are the places we all worry about as the next hot spot,” he said.
- “You can see Michigan has gone through a terrible time in the last month. They are now getting past that, which is really encouraging. But what’s the next one? You can look at the map and say, ‘Where are vaccines lagging?’ Those are the places to worry about.”
Collins said the entire country needs to get vaccinated and every American has to do their part of make sure normalcy can return.
- “If we’re going to be able to put COVID-19 behind us, we need to have all Americans take part in getting us to that point,” Collins told “Meet the Press.”