COVID-19 information update

Monday (November 30):

After six-week surge in COVID-19 cases, Michigan sees slight decrease in cases last week but medical experts say it’s no time to relax protocols. (Breana Noble/The Detroit News)

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Oakland County, to protect from winter weather, relocating drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites. (Oakland County)

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Test positivity ratings — the factor upon which most public policy is determined — in the U.S. are a mess. There is no national standard for calculating what percentage of tests are positive — each state is left to its own to determine how to arrive at that critical number. (Erin Kissane, Jessica Malaty Rivera/The Covid Tracking Project)

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About 39 percent of deaths due to COVID-19 in the country linked to nursing homes and long-care facilities for older adults. (The New York Times)

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Epidemiologists cast doubt on claims that small social gatherings are responsible for the surge now being experienced across the nation. (Apoorva Mandavilli/The New York Times)

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Pfizer vaccine could be in Michigan by December 12 and will be distributed at five hospitals which are part of the Henry Ford Health System. (Tresa Baldas/Detroit Free Press)

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More questions being raised about vaccine trial data from AstraZeneca-Oxford. (Jillion Deutsch/Politico)

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Two-dose vaccine regimen will face extra challenges when it comes to inoculating citizens in the U.S. (Frances Stead Sellers/The Washington Post)

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The novel coronavirus will keep evolving and could become vaccine resistant over time. (James Gorman, Carl Zimmer/The New York Times)

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Consumers have started hoarding food and grocery supplies although the industries that supply brick and mortar stores and online shopping sites say there is no actual shortage of items, unlike when the pandemic first hit this past spring. (Ryan McCrimmon/Politico)

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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