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How Michigan can stop its ongoing COVID-19 surge

The CDC has recommendations for how Michigan can stop COVID-19’s surge

A sign for a COVID vaccine clinic is shown at University of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
A sign for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic is shown at University of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
Paul Sancya, Associated Press

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said recently that Michigan’s COVID-19 surge can be stopped with restrictions.

Why Michigan has seen a COVID-19 surge

As I wrote about for the Deseret News, Michigan is currently seeing a spike in novel coronavirus cases. Specifically, cases have jumped among those from 10 to 19 years old.

  • The novel coronavirus has been spreading in the state because there have been “more gatherings and more mobility, economic reopenings and specific outbreaks in some prisons and schools,” according to CNN.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, told WXYZ there was “very concerning data” showing Michigan going in the wrong direction when it came to COVID-19.

  • “We’re not out of the woods yet,” she said.

How to stop Michigan’s COIVD-19 surge

Walensky said there should be restrictions put in place for the COVID-19 surge, according to Click on Detroit, a local news site in Detroit.

  • Specifically, restrictions should be put on youth sports, she said.
  • “Since January, basketball, hockey and wrestling have had the highest number of COVID cases and clusters, with 376 cases linked to basketball and 256 to hockey,” according to Click on Detroit.

Walensky said the state needs to make adjustments to stop the coronavirus’ spread.

  • “I encourage communities to make adjustments to meet their unique needs and circumstances,” Walensky said. “For example, in areas of substantial or high community transmission, CDC guidance specifically suggests refraining from youth sports that are not outside and cannot be conducted at least 6 feet apart.”