MARQUETTE – On Friday, the Marquette County Health Department and its medical director, Dr. Bob Lorinser, locally released an update on COVID-19.
It provided the following current COVID information for Marquette County:
â¤ Currently, Michigan is the worst state in the country for COVID by population.
â¤ 15% of all COVID tests are positive in Marquette County.
In Marquette and in an unselected group or mixture of people, the chances of a person being contagious with COVID are 10-20% for a group of 10 and 30-40% for a group of 25.
The Delta variant is easily passed on to children and adults.
â¤ The risk after being vaccinated (cumulatively based on Michigan data, from January 1 to November 5): 1.5% of being re-infected; 4 in 10,000 to be hospitalized; 2 in 10,000 deaths, of which nearly 90% are over 65 years old.
â¤ The risk of the unvaccinated compared to the vaccinated (Centers for Disease Control data): of being infected, six times; to be hospitalized, nearly 20 times; to die of COVID, 11 times.
The average number of new daily cases in Marquette County is 37.
â¤ Since January 2020, at least 1 in 8 people living in Marquette County have been infected (8,700 cases) and at least 1 in 767 people have died (87 deaths).
â¤ Full vaccination rate for Marquette County: all ages, 60%; over 12 years, 68%; and over 65, 93%.
A recent review of hospitalizations in Marquette County:
â¤ 50% of hospitalized patients secondary to COVID are diagnosed at the time of admission. They were sick and contagious usually for days without being tested.
â¤ It is rare to see a patient hospitalized if they have received monoclonal antibodies to treat their COVID disease when indicated.
â¤ The age range of patients ranges from 30 to 90 years, including those without any medical problems and “healthy.”
â¤ The average length of stay is nine days.
Hospitalizations and deaths are still a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
The MCHD statement also listed proven mitigation efforts: vaccines (the best long-term solution to getting back to normal), masking and social distancing.
The listed version “Additional elements to be taken into account”:
â¤ About one in five healthcare workers have given up medicine since the start of the pandemic.
â¤ Pandemic fatigue and the consequences felt by the pandemic – social, emotional, economic and psychological – to name a few, are extremely problematic.
â¤ Mistrust of public health experts and the vaccine is common.
â¤ COVID infection is still possible for those who do not have withdrawal immunity to the infection or vaccine. It is estimated that over 30% of our community is still sensitive.
â¤ Most transmissions of COVID occur before one is “sick” and investigation and contact tracing are ineffective in preventing the transmission of COVID.
Lorinser said: âBy working together, we will accomplish more than separately. So let’s move forward, hand in hand, forward, united, each doing their part to protect you, your families and friends and our community and return to a life we ââappreciate and cherish.
Lorinser also wrote, âOn behalf of my colleagues in the Marquette County Health Department, as Medical Director, I would like to share with the community our recommendations based on our current COVID situation.
â¤ Believes it is time to take greater personal and community responsibility in the fight against COVID. Therefore, we will serve as public health experts and provide you with advice and support if you wish.
â¤ Remains concerned about avoidable hospitalizations due to lack of testing, lack of monoclonal antibody use and lack of vaccinations. This needs to be dealt with by the whole community, not just the health service.
â¤ Strongly recommend vaccination of all eligible – the only sure way to protect yourself in the long term during this active pandemic. We recommend that all medical offices and pharmacies offer the vaccines to all eligible clients.
Supports other mitigation measures such as masking and social distancing.
â¤ Recommend over-the-counter testing as a valuable and underutilized tool to identify infection and prevent transmission.
â¤ Re-evaluate our contact tracing efforts and focus on those most at risk (death and hospitalization).
Will work to provide education and guidance to members of our community to reduce the burden on our current medical and hospital system, including advocating for the expansion of locations that provide rapid COVID and influenza testing, immunizations and monoclonal antibodies or other treatments when indicated.