The COVID-19 Diary
Tuesday, May 4:
The daily average of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Oakland County continued to decline last week, from 469 daily new cases two weeks ago to 349 newly confirmed cases per day for the period of Sunday, April 25, through Saturday, May 1. There were five coronavirus-related deaths during the same time period.
For Oakland County, the state of Michigan is now reporting a total of 97,521 total cases since the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 and a total of 2,085 deaths through Monday of this week.
In terms of the positivity rate on diagnostic testing for COVID-19 last week, Oakland County had an 11.97 percent positivity rate, up from the prior week of 11.4 percent but still below the 16 percent rate in weeks prior. The state of Michigan last week had a positivity testing rate of 10.7 percent.
On the vaccination front, Oakland County is reporting that 45 percent of the county population has received a second dose of one of the vaccines while 57 percent have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Michigan Republican leaders balking at COVID-19 vaccine incentives announced by governor. (Jonathan Oosting/Bridge Michigan)
FDA expected to soon approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the 12-15 years of age group. (Zake Miller, Jonathan Lemire/Associated Press)
Medical experts are now saying that ‘herd immunity’ is simply out of reach in the U.S. (Apoorva Mandavilli/The New York Times)
U.S. Labor Department sends pandemic workplace safety rules to Office of Management and Budget which will likely issue workplace mandates in a couple of weeks. (Rebeda Rainey/Politico)
CDC issues guidance on outdoor masks for fully vaccinated Americans. (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Roni Caryn Rabin/The New York Times)
TSA issues mask requirement until September for planes and other forms of public transportation. (Lori Aratani, Michael Laris/The Washington Post)
Yes, you can still catch COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. (Steven Findlay/The Washington Post)
(The COVID-19 Diary is issued on a periodic basis with Downtown newsmagazine staff curating news from dozens of publications and online news sources to keep residents informed about the coronavirus in Oakland County, the state of Michigan and nation. We attempt to provide links to news sources that do not have a paywall.)