WMH still requires masks, vaccine breakdown moves to monthly updates

Michigan state data on Wednesday reported that there had been 1,094 cumulative confirmed cases and 1,418 cumulative odds of COVID-19 in Chippewa County. There have been 34 deaths from the virus.

Compared to last week’s totals, there had been 1,087 confirmed cases, 1,417 probable cases and 34 deaths from COVID-19 in Chippewa County. The Department of Health reported that 2,442 people had recovered.

The War Memorial Hospital still requires masks for all staff, patients and visitors. The updated Michigan state masking guidelines do not apply to healthcare facilities. The masking policy includes the main War Memorial Hospital facility and outpatient clinic locations.

The War Memorial COVID-19 + Flu A / B Self-Collection Test is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday on Nolte Street. War Memorial programs vaccines for all Michigan residents 12 years of age and older. Call (906) 253-0131 and leave a message to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine.

Other facilities offering vaccination clinics at the moment include:

  • Sault Tribe Health Center, (906) 632-5200
  • Bay Mills Health Center, (906) 248-5527
  • Meijer Pharmacy, (906) 253-2810
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Rite Help
  • Walmart

As of Wednesday, Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kinross had 1,818 cumulative inmates out of 2,158 who tested positive for the virus. To date, 340 detainees have tested negative and two cases are currently active. So far, seven prisoners have died from COVID-19. A total of 227 staff have tested positive and none have died.

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians continues to implement operational plans for tribal programs and counties service areas which are posted online at www.saulttribe.com. These plans aim to protect the health of tribe members and team members while providing services to members.

For more information on the Sault tribe of the Chippewa Indians, visit www.saulttribe.com.

The Indian community of Bay Mills updated the pandemic response plan effective June 1. Vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask or physically distance themselves in any setting. Unvaccinated people are still required to mask themselves and socially distance themselves. All capacity, event, and gathering limitations have been lifted. All people are still required to wear a mask on buses or other public transportation in Bay Mills. In addition, all travel restrictions have been lifted.

For more information on the Indian community of Bay Mills, visit www.baymills.org.

For the summer semester 2021, Lake Superior State University has so far had no cases of COVID-19 on its campus. A total of three COVID tests were performed, all of which were negative.

For more information on Lake State, visit www.lssu.edu.

  • Current statistics for immunization efforts as of Wednesday are as follows:
  • 53.6% of residents of Chippewa County received a dose
  • 51% of Chippewa County residents are fully immunized
  • For people aged 65 and over: 77% have received a dose, 74.4% are fully immunized
  • For 12-19 year olds: 30.8% have received a dose, 22.8% are fully immunized

For a breakdown of vaccine delivery by agencies, moving to bi-monthly rather than weekly updates:

  • War Memorial Hospital: 4,368 total doses, 2,178 fully immunized
  • Bay Mills Indian Community: 6,334 total doses, 3,119 fully immunized
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians: 12,835 total doses, 6,300 fully vaccinated
  • Chippewa County Department of Health: 14,316 total doses, 9,493 fully immunized
  • Pickford Medical Clinic: 236 total doses, 229 fully vaccinated

The Chippewa County Department of Health will administer vaccines at Music in the Park events throughout the summer.

The Chippewa County Health Department has been working with regional agencies that serve people confined to home to identify those who require a home visit to receive the vaccine. If a homebound person who resides in Chippewa County and meets current age eligibility criteria, they are encouraged to call the health department to discuss home visiting options.

Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 test, not the antibody test, is available to people of all ages, regardless of symptoms. Those under the age of 18 will need parental / guardian consent. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, shortness of breath, or a recent travel history, should get tested as well as those who work with the public, live in community living facilities or have potentially been exposed.

Vaccine appointments are available at the Chippewa County Department of Health by registering online at www.chippewahd.com or for those with limited internet access, call (906) 635-3640, option 1.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. For local updates, visit www.warmemorialhospital.org or www.chippewahd.com.

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