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The COVID-19 Diary

Monday (March 1):


Oakland County new confirmed cases of COVID-19 took a slight uptick last week over the prior week, with 652 confirmed cases in the Sunday through Friday period, an average of 108 new cases per day. During the six-day period, the county reported one death from COVID-19. In general, even with the increase in cases over he previous week, the county remains far below post holiday weeks and well below the peak of the pandemic last spring,.

In terms of testing, Oakland County’s diagnostic test positivity rating was 3.33 percent, a slight drop from the prior week when it was 3.9 percent. The state of Michigan averaged 3.54 percent positive on diagnostic tests last week. Health officials generally have set a goal of a three percent positivity rating as a sign that the pandemic is more manageable.

Oakland County, in a town hall with senior citizens last week, announced that it has now vaccinated 46 percent of all residents over the age of 65,


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Large shipment of vaccines expected in Michigan this week. (Sarah Rahal/The Detroit News)


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Michigan Senate passes bill prohibiting distribution of vaccines based on race or economic status. (Dave Boucher, Nushrat Rahman/Detroit Free Press)


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Moderna and Pfizer start testing vaccines on youths 12 and older; could be available by summer. (Apoorva Mandavilli/The New York Times)


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Emergency use for the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine was given final approval by the FDA. (Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFrainier/The New York Times)


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Third dose of Pfizer vaccine now being tested in response to some new variants of novel coronavirus. (Alice Park/Time)


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Watch out for scam phone calls asking your to pay for COVID-19 vaccination. (Susan Tompor/Detroit Free Press)


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Americans are now saying academic concerns should be a top factor in deciding to reopen K-12 schools. (Juliana Menasce Horowitz/Pew Research Center)


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Here's how air flow and infection droplets move through a classroom and how they can be minimized. (Nick Bartzokas, Mika Grondahl, Karthik Patanjali, Mile Peyton, Bedel Saget, Umi SyamNick Bartzokas/The New York Times)


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Michigan residents cloistered at home during pandemic consumed 20 percent more alcohol last year. (Mike Wilkinson/Bridge)


(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.)


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