County Recommends Masking Up  As COVID Cases Rise

County Recommends Masking Up  As COVID Cases Rise

(Oakland County Health Division, Aug. 5, 2021)

Pontiac, MI- Oakland County Health Division reminds residents that in addition to vaccinations, wearing masks and social distancing remain the most effective means of preventing the spread of COVID-19. A recent surge in confirmed novel coronavirus cases, including the Delta variant, prompted the reminder for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Oakland County is seeing an uptick in confirmed cases with a seven-day case average of 78 cases per day as of Aug. 4.

“With COVID-19 variants in the community, vaccination continues to be the most effective way of stopping the spread of the virus,” Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said. “In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, which include the Delta variant, we agree with the recommendation by the Centers for Disease to Control for all Oakland County residents to wear masks and socially distance in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.”

Though 70.6 percent of Oakland County residents 16 years old and older have received at least their first dose, over 85 percent of the recent rise in cases in Oakland County has been among residents younger than 60, a group that has not reached 70 percent vaccine coverage. Meanwhile, only one in seven of the recent COVID-19 cases is above the age of 60, a group whose vaccination coverage far exceeds 70 percent.

Oakland County Health Division continues to host pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics in communities throughout Oakland County, including:

Best Western Premier Hotel in Southfield on Aug. 19, Aug. 31, Sept. 16, and Sept. 29

Emergency Management Day in Pontiac on Aug. 11

Carnival Market in Pontiac on Aug. 11

Oak Park Schools Aug. 16 and Aug. 18

Berkley CruiseFest in Berkley on Aug. 20

Believers Community Outreach Back to School Event in Pontiac Aug. 28

Carnival Market in Pontiac on Aug. 31

Berkley Art Bash in Berkley on Sept. 11

In addition, the Health Division will be administering doses on the campuses of Lawrence Tech and Oakland universities, Walsh College, Oakland Community College, Baker College and Rochester University.

All these locations will take walk-up appointments. For more information on these community and event-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics, go to OaklandCountyVaccine.com. Those who do not have access to the Internet may call the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for more information.

Use the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine finder to locate a convenient provider.

The following is an update on progress vaccinating Oakland County residents, according to the State of Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard as of Aug. 3, 2021:

Total eligible residents 16 and older: 1,029,737

Number of residents 16 and older necessary to reach 70 percent coverage: 720,816

Number of residents 16 and older who have received first dose: 727,263

Number of residents 16 and older who have completed vaccination: 676,452

Vaccine coverage for residents 16 and older: 70.6 percent

Total eligible residents 12 and older: 1,091,389

Number of residents 12 and older who have received first dose: 756,017

Number of residents 12 years and older who have completed vaccination: 701,275

Vaccine coverage for residents 12 and older: 69.3 percent

Total eligible senior residents 65 and older: 217,676

Number of senior residents who have received first dose: 185,173

Number of senior residents who have completed vaccination: 177,170

Vaccine coverage for senior residents: 85.1 percent

Total doses distributed within Oakland County: 1,392,215

Total doses administered within Oakland County: 1,406,891

Percentage of doses administered within Oakland County: N/A

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