Michigan's current covid surge could have been prevented, according to an expert with the Central Michigan District Health Department.
"We knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time. And certainly, it's here,” said Steve Hall, with the health department. "This current surge, we started much later than the rest of the country. You know, if you'll recall that Florida, Texas, Missouri, they were all dealing with the Delta variant and the surge quite a lot earlier than we were."
He expects cases and deaths to continue to increase longer than other states since the Delta variant arrived later.
“In fact, that was one of the things that was somewhat disappointing is that we could see what was going on in the country, we were really having trouble getting our vaccination numbers up,” Hall said.
For Hall’s district, it is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Especially in young kids.
“We have kids in schools statewide that, you know, many do not have mask mandates in place. You know, so you have the ability to introduce the coronavirus indoors and certainly, an unvaccinated population that provides an opportunity for the virus to spread,” Hall said.
He reemphasized for those who can get the vaccine, the vaccine is safe and effective.
“When you look at the current state data I mentioned, you know, 91.9 percent of the deaths since the vaccines been available are in unvaccinated, 91.1 percent of all hospitalizations are in unvaccinated, and 93.7 percent of all the cases are in the unvaccinated,” Hall said.