TRI-CITY AREA — Virus numbers continue to increase, local health officials confirm.
In Lapeer County, 96 new cases were confirmed between August 14-20, as compared to 80 the week prior. There were 33 probable cases and one death last week, compared to 20 probable cases and one death a week earlier.
As of Friday, nine people were hospitalized locally due to the virus with one in intensive care.
The current level of community transmission remains high in Lapeer County.
In St. Clair County, 134 new cases and one death were reported between August 14-20. That compares to 122 new cases and no deaths the week prior.
As of August 20, St. Clair County was fast approaching the 19,000 COVID-19 case mark with 18,964. To date, 430 residents have died from the virus.
Lapeer County’s case count total stood at 8,119 with 206 deaths.
Both counties saw their vaccination rates increase slightly. As of August 20, 44.9 percent of Lapeer County residents were fully vaccinated, up from 44.6 percent one week earlier. St. Clair County’s vaccination rate for those who have completed the doses was 48.5 percent, up from 48.1 percent one week earlier. According to a chart released by the county, vaccination rates rose by the most among teens since early August. Coverage rates for the first dose increased by 1.9 percent among 12-15 year-olds and 1.3 percent for 16-19 year-olds. Among all county residents, the highest vaccine coverage based on age is among 65-75 year-olds at 77.6 percent.
The Lapeer County Health Department will host Back to School vaccination clinics on August 30 and 31 at their offices, 1800 Imlay City Rd. in Lapeer, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. where the COVID-19 vaccine and typical childhood immunizations will be offered.
More information, including registration forms, can be found by accessing the Health Department’s page through lapeercountyweb.org.