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The COVID-19 Diary

Monday, April 12:


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oakland County continued to accelerate last week for the period of Sunday, April 4 through Friday, April 9. A total of 4,631 confirmed cases were reported by the county health department for a daily average of 771 confirmed cases. The prior week, the average daily case count was 586. Although there were no reported deaths from the coronavirus. the daily case count was close to the high number of cases from late November 2020.


In total, according to the state health department, Oakland County now has a a total of 83,989 confirmed VOVID-19 cases and 1,978 related deaths since the pandemic started in the spring of 2020.

On the testing front, the state reported that 15.9 percent of diagnostic tests from Oakland County were positive last week, a minor decrease from the prior week when the positivity rating in the county was 16.35 percent.


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Gov. Whitmer asks for voluntary two-week pause in youth sports, in-person learning and indoor dining as state faces growing coronavirus cases. (Dave Boucher, Kristen Jordan Shamus/Detroit Free Press)


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Some school districts skeptical about Gov. Whitmer’s call for suspension of in-person classes. (Jennifer Chambers/The Detroit News)


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Michigan extends quarantine period to 14 days for people exposed to coronavirus. (Beth LeBlanc/The Detroit News)


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CDC director recommends stronger restrictions in Michigan rather than approach taken by state. (Melissa Nann Burke, Karen Bouffard/The Detroit News)


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Several states, like Michigan, relying on weekly or biweekly testing of teens and kids involved in sports. (Ariana Eunjung Cha/The Washington Post)


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Federal officials turn down Michigan request for added vaccines despite leading nation in COVID-10 outbreak. (Kristen Joran Shamus, Dave Boucher/Detroit Free Press)


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Progress against COVID-19 stalls across the country as variants continue to spread. (Lauren Leatherby/The New York Times)


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Moderna says it will provide a booster shot by the end of the the year to protect against variants. (Joseph Guzman/The Hill)


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How worried should you be about COVID-19 variants? (Paulo Verardi/The Conversation)


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An epidemiologist says to forget about herd immunity — we will never reach it. (Stan Levy/Wired)


(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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