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Michigan is still the nation's hotspot for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, but some positive strides are being made.  More vaccinations are available, and the pause on the one-dose, Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been lifted.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


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The number of confirmed cases continues to rise in Michigan, and vaccine efforts will be hampered by news the CDC and FDA have recommended pausing use of the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine.  WEMU's David Fair discussed these recent COVID-related developments with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


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Even though vaccine eligibility has expanded, the state of Michigan has faced a surge in COVID-19 cases.  The number of variant cases and hospitalizations has risen as well.  WEMU's David Fair spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia about the trends found in our community. 


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There have been some positive strides in the fight against the coronavirus.  All three vaccines are becoming more available locally, and more people are eligible for inoculation.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia discuss the latest trends and efforts in Washtenaw County. 


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The first case of the COVID-19 variant originating from South Africa has been confirmed in Michigan's Jackson County.  While contact tracing is underway, traditional prevention methods, like wearing masks and distancing, are recommended to help prevent its spread.  Meantime, vaccination eligibility has been expanded, and more doses are becoming available.  WEMU's David Fair picked up the latest information from Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


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Despite limited supplies, distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is increasing locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest information and what it means to you. 


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Local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are having some positive side effects.


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Despite the United Kingdom variant entering the area, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has leveled off recently.  Yet, distributing out the vaccine to residents has still not reached the level that was hoped for.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia discusses the latest COVID-19 developments with WEMU's David Fair.


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A new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus made its way to Washtenaw County earlier this month.  Since then, 13 cases have been confirmed in the county, and all University of Michigan athletic programs have been put on pause.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  


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The first case of a variant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Michigan was found in Washtenaw County.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokeswoman Susan Cerniglia about what happens next and why there is concern, but not surprise. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently expanded eligibility for the COVID 19-vaccine.  The three-day turnaround for health systems and health departments has put a lot of strain on the system.  And, there isn't enough vaccine to meet demand.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to offer the latest information. 


To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January 11.  Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to handle this updated vaccination plan.


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A new year has begun, and the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Washtenaw County remains elevated.  The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has not been as quick as hoped for, but there is reason to be more hopeful this year.  WEMU's David Fair found out why in his conversation with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  


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Washtenaw County's COVID-19 vaccine program is underway.  While it is a major milestone in the fight against the coronavirus, it's just beginning, and it's hard to know what the new year will bring.  WEMU's David Fair discussed these developments with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.


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This week marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.  The Pfizer vaccine has been shipped and distributed to numerous hospitals across the country, including locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the intial phase of innoculation and when vaccines could become available to the general public. 


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The Washtenaw County Health Department recommends that anyone who wants to spend the holidays with people who don’t live in the same household as they do should start quarantining soon. 


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If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 after attending a gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday break, you may not want to get tested right away.


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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has spiked in recent weeks across Michigan.  In response, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced new restrictions to combat the spread of the virus, including no indoor dining at restaurants and bars  and the cancellation of high school athletics.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia  joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the new restrictions as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday. 


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The 39th annual Blood Battle blood drive between the University of Michigan and Ohio State is underway, but, as expected this year, with new safety guidelines because of COVID-19.  

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On Tuesday, the state of Michigan recorded a record number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 59 fatalities.  Washtenaw County's caseload is surging as well.  WEMU's David Fair checked in with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia to discuss the coronavirus surge, an opportunity for a cost-free flu vaccination, and how the uninsured can access help to becoming enrolled in a health plan.  


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The Ford Fund will give away 50,000 masks during a two-day period in Ypsilanti Township.  

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With Halloween happening and a big football game rivalry being played that same day, as well as Election Day approaching, the desire to socialize and get together is going to be strong.

A number of Washtenaw County health and government leaders signed an open letter to the community reminding them of ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus during these busy times.  Lisa Barry spoke to Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about the letter and its intent.

 

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen across the country, and more are being seen in Washtenaw County.  Locally, most of the news cases can be traced to the University of Michigan.  There are also newly confirmed COVID-19 cases stemming from two restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia provide the latest. 


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Many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday.  That created a great deal of uncertainty among residents and businesses about COVID-19 protocol and regulations.  For clarification, the Washtenaw County Health Department issued four orders of its own on Monday.  Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to further explain the county response. 


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The Washtenaw County Health Department will offer free COVID-19 testing Saturday, September 26th in Ypsilanti.  

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On Monday, Washtenaw County reported 58 new coronavirus cases and no new coronavirus-related deaths since last Friday.  The pandemic is still in full effect, and changes in public interaction could soon drive those numbers up.  WEMU's David Fair checked in with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about what may happen as more hit college campuses and are visiting local gyms.  


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Fall classes are starting at college campuses across Michigan.  Here, in Washtenaw County, Eastern Michigan University is holding its classes online only for the first three weeks, while the University of Michigan is taking an online/in-person hybrid approach.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest. 


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If trends hold true, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as students return to the University of Michigan and other schools in Washtenaw County.  Still, there are so many variables, it is hard to determine short and longer-term outcomes.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia. 


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Classes begin at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and other colleges in Washtenaw County later this month.  Tens of thousands of students will return to campus in the midst of a pandemic.  In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an emergency order restricting social gatherings to a maximum of 25 people.  WEMU's Lisa Barry discussed the order and concerns about community impacts with Washtenaw County Health spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  


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The University of Michigan has released guidelines for students returning to campus in the fall during COVID-19.  

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