Second shots to be given at fairgrounds on May 11


TRI-CITY AREA — COVID-19 numbers are showing some improvement. Lapeer County saw their positive test rate fall by nearly half and they recorded fewer new cases and deaths as of April 19 than the week prior.

St. Clair County also saw most of their virus stats drop between April 12-19 except for deaths. During that time period 29 residents died from COVID as compared to 24 the week prior. The county’s positive test rate declined from 31.3 percent on April 12 to 25.9 percent as of April 19.

It appears that COVID cases requiring hospitalization rates continue to remain high. As of Monday, more than 40 people were under hospital care locally in  Lapeer County, according to Health Department Director Kathy Haskins.

Both counties continue to urge residents to get vaccinated.

At two special clinics held last week, Haskins reports that 1,025 people received their first shots—892 doses of the Moderna vaccine were give at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds and 133 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were given to teens at the Health Dept.

“We’re trying to get word to folks vaccinated at the fairgrounds on April 13 about their second dose appointments on May 11 at the fairgrounds,” Haskins said.

“Please come to the fairgrounds at the same time that you were scheduled for your appointment on April 13.”

Haskins said participants are asked to bring back any filled paperwork at that time too.

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For the period of April 13-19, Lapeer County saw 369 new confirmed cases for a total of 6,865 and there were six deaths, bringing that figure to 152. Its positive test rate was 11.8 percent.

The week prior, Lapeer County had 592 new cases and nine deaths.

In St. Clair County, an additional 1,353 cases were confirmed between April 13-19 along with 29 deaths for a total of 16,248 cases and 328 deaths. There are 6,790 cases considered “active.”

The week prior, St. Clair County saw 1,653 new cases, 24 deaths and 5,629 active cases.

As of April 19, Lapeer County’s vaccine cumulative coverage stands at 36.3 percent. St. Clair County’s vaccine coverage stands at 38.9 percent.

Information regarding making a vaccine appointment can be found on each county’s respective websites.