DETROIT. – In rural Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron, coronavirus outbreaks spread through churches, schools, and restaurants, where the virus has infected cooks and waitresses. For more than a week, ambulances traveled several hours each day to rush patients with severe coronavirus to hospitals in Detroit, Saginavi or Port Huron, where they waited in resuscitation beds.
Even as the epidemic weakened in some parts of the United States, Michigan is in the throes of a coronavirus, one of the worst in the country. The level of infection has exploded in recent weeks in large cities and rural areas.
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“It terrifies me,” he said. “I did not think we would see it at this time. “I thought we’d give up.”
Michigan has more cases per capita than any other state, with more than 5,600 cases in recent weeks, from about 1,000 a day on February 21. The top five subway countries per capita are in all of Michigan. Jackson, Detroit, Flint, Lansing և Monroe.
“It’s absolutely alarming,” said Emily Toth Martin, a researcher at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, this week. “Looking at the numbers yesterday was like a gut. We will have to go through this wave և all this hard work to reduce the numbers. ”
Americans have entered an incomprehensible stage of the coronavirus epidemic. They are surrounded by news that inspires hope. An average of more than 2.8 million vaccines are administered daily, the country is rapidly approaching vaccine eligibility for all adults, and the adolescent vaccine trial has been a remarkable success.
However, uplifting developments are being mitigated by increasingly ominous warnings about the national image by public health officials. On Monday, Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he felt a sense of “imminent condemnation” of a possible new wave of events. President Biden has said that states should stop their efforts to reopen, saying that the country “rejects hard-won achievements.”
Cases, deaths ացումը hospitalization remain below the peak in January. But the number of infections has started to rise again, reaching about 64,000 people a day, mostly feeding on the East Coast համ outbreaks in the Upper Midwest.
The country is a study of contradictions. New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and other northeastern states continue to report high rates, with alarming increases in Illinois, Minnesota, and some other Midwestern states. But in most of the southwest, the number of cases remains relatively low.
California reports continuous decline, with about 2,600 cases per day, up from more than 40,000 per day in most of January. Arizona has an average of 570 cases per day, more than 10,000 cases. And in Arkansas, less than 200 cases are reported these days, which has decreased by 40% in the last two weeks.
But if there’s one thing that threatens the new wave, it’s Michigan.
Health officials attributed the rapid increase in cases to a version first found in Britain in Michigan. But they also saw a greater return to pre-epidemic life, from wearing a mask, social distance, and other strategies to slow the spread of the virus, many weeks before the majority of the population was vaccinated. On Thursday, Michigan officials announced that they had discovered their first case of a version first discovered in Brazil, which has spread widely and is now found in more than 20 US states.
More than 2,300 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized nationwide, more than doubling since March. A total of 75 coronavirus patients were treated at five hospitals in the Henry Ford system in Detroit during the week of March 8. As of Tuesday, there were up to 267 patients in the hospital. On Monday, the health care system announced that it would reinstate a policy of restricting visitors to a number of hospitals in response to the latest wave.
Dr. Adnan Munkara, Henry Ford’s chief medical officer, said there were more coronavirus survivors now than in 2020, in part because they were younger.
But he is disappointed, he said, և his staff is exhausted.
“We hoped that by this time we would have things under better control,” he said.
Local leaders in the United States have called on the public to take precautions, to wear masks, although they have responded to the pressure and have weakened their daily lives. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, applied strict rules to businesses at the beginning of the epidemic, but gradually eliminated them. In early March, he allowed restaurants to operate at a higher capacity, but retained the mandate of a national mask.
Asked how officials would respond to the growing number of cases, Whitmer spokesman Bobby Lady said the governor planned to expand the tests, continue to encourage masking, hand washing and social distance.
“The most important thing people can do is get safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines to protect themselves and their families, to help us eradicate the virus once and for all,” he said in a statement.
But appeals from officials failed to persuade many Michigan residents to stay home and avoid crowds, as they did in the early days of the coronavirus. Restaurants are crowded, crowded people gather in hotel lobbies and bars, and baseball fans party this week on the opening day of the Detroit Tigers Season.
“The trend line is troubling,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
Dugan said the current situation in the city was “nothing” compared to a wave a year ago when Detroit was in a cataclysmic state of death and despair.
“In March-April of last year, I do not think I slept for two months,” Duggan said. “It simply came to our notice then. People I knew were dying. We had people dying in landfills. ”
Dr. one oney S. Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer, said on Tuesday that 50 percent of the state’s population over the age of 65 had been fully vaccinated, a sign of progress that the most vulnerable population was close to being protected from COVID-19.
But he said the most significant increase in hospitalizations in the state was among people over the age of 50, with one group still suffering from serious illness or death from COVID-19. Younger people, including high school students who participate in sports, have recently become infected with the virus through these activities, he said.
“I think this could be the beginning of a third wave,” Khaldun said after a preliminary rush of events in Michigan last March-April, followed by the October-November wave. “I am just worried. But I also think there are things we can do today that will start to turn that curve. ”
In the largest city in Michigan, Detroit, local authorities have made efforts to vaccinate residents to overcome the virus.
The challenges are deep. Several of the same features of Detroit that allowed the virus to spread make it difficult to vaccinate. The city is geographically located at a distance of 139 square miles, many of Detroit’s dependencies depend on the bus system, and the two-way vaccination in the city center can take hours.
The city has offered a $ 2 trip downtown for residents who have been to mass vaccination sites that vaccinate thousands of people every day, and this week is open to anyone under the age of 16.
It also built a huge vaccination campaign in neighboring churches.
At the Emmanuel Grand Institutional Church in the western part of the city over the weekend, cars began to fill the parking lot before 9 a.m. People rushed through the front door and volunteers moved them into folding chairs in a large room with words of inspiration on the walls.
“We are in the house of God,” shouted a volunteer, Nellie Enkins-Hendrick, who led the groups to the room where they received the vaccines. “It’s the best place to get it.”
Some in the crowd said they only got there after persuasion. Eric Smith, 66, the driver of a truck in jeans and a tiger hat, said a nurse in his doctor’s office encouraged him to make an appointment. “I’m terrified,” he said, embarrassed by his documents as he waited for his group to be called.
Smith said his wife and son were also pushing for the vaccine; he was thinking of people he knew who survived COVID-19, such as his nephew who was seriously ill.
After what has happened to Detroit over the past year, he said: “I do not think the city will ever return to normal.”
Rev. Wendell Anthony, Pastor of Detroit, opened his church every Saturday morning as one of the city’s vaccination sites, helping to shoot hundreds.
“We are not out of the woods until more people can use it, more people will take it,” he said. “That’s why we do what we do in terms of this awareness center. We have to win this before we can win. ”
The city was helped by volunteers who provide appointments for Michigan residents as members of a Facebook group called Vaccine Hunters in Detroit. Katie Monaghan, 27, a suburban Royal Oak engineer who runs a Facebook page, said her group acts as an informal partner for local health departments with too many staff. And he was sometimes disappointed to see a small army of volunteers compete against the virus.
“Work around the clock to get people vaccinated, then look at Michigan numbers,” Monaghan said. “And they go straight up.”