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Detroit officials plan to knock on doors in the 139 square mile city to convince residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Detroit expects crews to be home by the end of April to speak to residents about the importance of vaccinating themselves against the virus and how to sign up to get the footage, reported the Detroit News.
Despite drive-up vaccinations at a downtown convention center, mass vaccinations at Ford Field, and Saturday vaccinations at churches, only 22% of Detroit residents received at least one dose of vaccine, compared with 38% in all of Michigan and Human Services, according to the Michigan Department of Health.
Ford Field is a federally selected regional mass vaccination site that delivers 6,000 doses per day for two months.
Efforts in Detroit, which is roughly 80% black, mirror other parts of the country where African Americans were more reluctant than whites to get vaccinated against the virus.
“We’re going to knock on every door in town and make sure everyone in Detroit knows how to make an appointment.” Victoria Kovari, an executive assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, told The Detroit News.
The first contact is expected to take six to seven weeks. Workers will go to some of the poorer parts of the city two or three times by mid-September.
“The only way to beat COVID-19 is to significantly expand our vaccination efforts.” Denise Fair, the city’s chief public health officer, said Monday.
About a year ago, Detroit struggled to reduce the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the city. Mayor Mike Duggan conducted free mass drive-up tests and asked residents for masking and social distancing. Along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide shutdown orders, they have been credited with plummeting the numbers to spike in recent weeks.
Confirmed daily COVID-19 cases in Detroit increased from 37 on February 13 to 425 on March 30. The city reported 172 new daily cases on Tuesday.
Since the pandemic began, Detroit has reported more than 37,000 cases and nearly 1,900 deaths.
The 7-day average of new infections every day reached 6,719 cases in Michigan on Sunday – more than twice as many as two weeks earlier. Whitmer, a Democrat, has said she has no plans to tighten restrictions. She has attributed the virus surge to pandemic fatigue, with people moving more, as well as more contagious variants.
The state reported 7,819 new cases and 73 deaths on Thursday. 43 of the deaths were due to reviews of previous records, according to Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.
There have been more than 723,000 confirmed virus cases and 16,400 deaths in Michigan since the pandemic began.
Michigan was number 1 in the US on Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases: more than 46,000 or 469 per 100,000 people in the past seven days, the federal government reported, well ahead of New Jersey at 321.
Justin Dimick, chair of surgery at the University of Michigan, posted on Twitter Thursday that the school’s hospital is again canceling surgical cases to meet the surge in virus admissions.
“The entire state is a high risk” Dimick tweeted. “Bars and restaurants are open. The people are on the move. No new restrictions. “
Michigan Medicine said in a statement Thursday that it is going through what other healthcare systems are experiencing with the number of patients arriving in emergency rooms and high intake.
“With occupancy rising and the forecast of continued high demand for emergency care and admission, Michigan Medicine had to make the difficult decision to postpone a small number of scheduled surgeries later this week and next week to maintain safe occupancy.” it said.
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