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In Van Buren County, COVID rates are rising weekly, with hundreds of new cases reported

In Van Buren County, COVID rates are rising weekly, with hundreds of new cases reported

The rate of weekly COVID-19 cases in Van Buren County has nearly doubled since the previous week, according to the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department.

According to statistics from the seven-day period ending January 11, the rate of weekly cases is 1,131 for each 100,000 people.

Since the outbreak of Van Buren County, the county has experienced 14,067 COVID cases total and 225 fatalities.

The health department said in a weekly update that Van Buren County is currently at a "high" risk level.

According to a resident in Van Buren County, the omicron variant was identified on January 3, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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In Michigan, omicron is now the dominant COVID variant, and it is likely to be responsible for about 90% of cases in some regions, according to Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan's chief medical executive.

Nearly 130,000 people have died in the state every week. About 22% of the state's hospital beds are now filled with COVID-19 patients, as healthcare providers deal with the greatest number of coronavirus-positive people since the outbreak.

The CDC predicts that anyone with the omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or are not aware of symptoms. Current vaccinations are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the disease. Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated; however, are likely to occur.

To try to slow the spread of the virus, the health department recommends vaccinations and boosters, testing if you have problems, masking indoors, social distancing, and taking any other precautions.

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