Lansing, Michigan – Michigan has become the newest epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, but it is a mystery why.
“I don’t know what’s going on here. Michigan is just one of the worst affected,” said Scott Nisunger.
Dr Meredith Hill, director of the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital, said the increase was more drastic than the previous two weeks. “I think there’s obviously more community spread right now,” she said.
Nisunger, a COVID-19 patient, said his son may have become infected at his children̵
“We all went and tested and we all came back positive and it’s been downhill ever since,” Niswonger said. “It just feels like someone, a 500-pound man, just sitting on my chest and I just couldn’t push him away.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the latest jump in COVID-19 cases across the country is. One theory: Possible connection with the opening of schools and sports after school.
“We learn that many outbreaks in young people are related to youth sports and extracurricular activities. According to the CDC guidelines, these activities should be limited,” said Dr. Rochelle Valenski, director of the CDC.
There is also a jump in option B.1.1.7, which originated in the United Kingdom and is now considered responsible for one third of all cases in the United States.
“We know that B.1.1.7 is more transmissible, somewhere between 50-100% more transmissible. Whether it is more transmissible in particular in different age demographics, not yet,” Valenski said.
But there is also good news across the country. Four million vaccinations were announced on Saturday. At least 23% of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated and 40% have received at least one dose, according to the CDC.
As of Monday in Michigan, anyone over the age of 16 can be vaccinated by joining 27 other states in expanding the law.
“You’re so excited because the vaccine has come out and it’s a little daunting to see the spread that precedes the vaccine,” Hill said. “We’re just trying to stick to each other and stay as positive as possible.”
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the attribution of a citation to the increase in COVID cases in Michigan to Scott Nisunger, a COVID-19 patient.