New COVID-19 surge in Michigan

Dr. Jen Ashton has the latest on a possible fourth surge.
2:02 | 04/09/21

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Transcript for New COVID-19 surge in Michigan
Chief medical correspondent Dr. Ashton here with us, going to guide us through all of the latest on the pandemic so let's start with the numbers out of Johns Hopkins university. 133.9 million cases of coronavirus worldwide. Death toll here in the U.S., now over 560,000, the CDC reports over 112 million Americans receiving one dose of the vaccine at least, that's over 33% of the population. All right, yes, progress when it comes to vaccination, but we're now hearing word of a possible fourth surge. What do we know? Well, we are hearing this from epidemiologists, the CDC director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, even president Biden, saying we are not across the finish line yet, and here's why. If you take a look at what's going on in Michigan, it's really a microcosm for what could be going on in other states as well. Cases are dramatically increasing there. In fact, they are at the highest since December. Most of the outbreaks right now in that state are tracked to school classroom settings. That is significant thought to be related to the fact that an estimated 70% of the cases now in Michigan are the b.1.1.7 variant, which we know is much more transmissible, and you guys, this is why this matters, it affects all of us, in the past two weeks, hospitalization rates in Michigan are up by 108% so as we talked about before, if you have a heart attack, you're in a car accident, you need to go to a Michigan hospital, this affects you even if you don't have covid. There was some talk that maybe just flood the state with vaccines, and don't know how that's going to happen, but how are they doing? They're doing well but this is interesting about 32.5% of the population of Michigan has had at least one dose, so read between the lines on that one, you guys, if they've done that well with one dose and they're seeing case rises like this, that tells us about that race between vaccination and the variants circulating and why we are not as president Biden said across the finish line yet. Dr. Jen, thank you as always.

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