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The COVID-19 Diary

Monday (January 25):

Both newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and positive tests ratings dropped over the last week, according to health department information from the state and Oakland County. In terms of new confirmed cases, Oakland reported 1,062 cases for the period of Sunday January 17 thorough this past Saturday, an approximate drop of 30 percent from the prior week. The drop in confirmed cases for this time period fell below the peak reported last April when the pandemic was in the early stages. There were seven fatalities in the past week.

In terms of the number of diagnostic tests (22,881), Oakland had a positivity rating of 5.8 percent for the period of Sunday through Friday of last week. The week prior 6.59 percent of tests were positive and the previous week to that, 9.2 percent of diagnostic tests were positive.


Michigan Gov. Whitmer allows indoor dining to resume February 1 at 25 percent capacity and with evening curfew. (Craig Mauger/The Detroit News)


Fast-spreading virus variant means Michigan will have tougher time reaching herd immunity. (Kristen Jordan Shamus/Detroit Free Press)


COVID-19 confirmed cases numbers dropping steadily across nation but concerns heightened about variant of virus and what comes next. (Julie Bosman, Donald G. McNeil Jr/The New York Times)


Moderna announces that its vaccine addresses variants but it will be providing alternative vaccine to counter shape-shifting South Africa virus. (Carolyn Y. Johnson/The Washington Post)


While President Biden is ready to extend travel bans from a variety of countries at the end of this week, here's the coronavirus variants scientists are following out of concern that current vaccines may not be sufficient to ward them off. (Maggie Fox/CNN)


CDC relaxes timing of second coronavirus vaccine shot to up to six weeks after first shot. ( (Lena H. Sun/The Washington Post)


Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine could prove to be a game-changer if approved by federal officials. (Lindy Washburn/Detroit Free Press)


Pfizer ships fewer Covid vaccine vials to U.S. after Trump FDA label change. (Rachel Ruben, Sarah Owermohle/Politico)


Federal funding for schools varies wildly across Michigan school districts and not everyone is happy. Find out what your district is getting in per pupil aid. (Ron French/Bridge)


Facing more contagious strains of virus, European nations tighten mask regulations and insist on medical style masks. (Loveday Morris, Rick Noack/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.)

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