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The COVID-19 Diary

Monday (January 18):

The diagnostic positivity test rating for Oakland County dropped to 6.59 percent for a six-day period ending last Friday, according to the latest available information from the state of Michigan. The previous week the positivity rate on diagnostic testing in Oakland was 9.2 percent. The number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 also showed improvement last week for a seven-day period ending on Saturday, with 1,549 new cases and four deaths. During the same period the prior week, there were 2,096 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

According to information culled from state data, for a 14-day period ending Sunday, January 17, the fatality rate in Oakland County was .77 deaths per a population count of 100,00.

In term of vaccinations, Oakland County was reporting that as of Sunday, January 17, 7,800 doses of a vaccine have been made available to the county and 6,863 doses have been administered.


Gov. Whitmer extends ban on indoor dining but opens up exercise and sports businesses. (Dave Boucher, Mark Kurlyandchik, Susan Selasky/Detroit Free Press)


Michigan records its first COVID-19 variant infection case in Washtenaw County. (Craig Mauger/The Detroit News)


Gov. Whitmer wants state to directly purchases 100,000 vaccine doses to increase pace here in Michigan. (Craig Mauger/The Detroit News)


Vaccine reserves were already exhausted when Trump promised to release what was in storage. (Isaac Stanley-Becker, Lena H. Sun/The Washington Post)


What you need to know about getting a coronavirus vaccination in Michigan. (Sarah Rahal, Karen Bouffard/The Detroit News)


How Americans are scrambling to get a COVID-19 vaccination. (Fenit Nizappil, Karin Bruillard, Sarah Fowler/The Washington Post)


Arrival of the variant in American should mean less trips to the grocery store and improved masking. (Juli Belluiz/VOX)


What’s the transmission risk inside a car and what can you do to minimize it? (Emily Antnes/The New York Times)

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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