Health and Wellness

Michigan passes 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Michigan has recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the health department said Wednesday. The state crossed that threshold by reporting 6,079 new cases over the last two days. There have been at least 20,781 deaths in Michigan linked to COVID-19. “After more than 18 months fighting this pandemic, it is sobering to reach …

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Michigan adults can find their immunization history online

Michigan’s health department has created a way for adults to find their immunization records online. The Michigan Immunization Portal is open to residents ages 18 and older. They can download, save or print their vaccination history free of charge. People must create an account and upload a valid government-issued ID such as a driver’s license, state ID or passport. Vaccinations done in …

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COVID – Local health department issues Public Health Order

A Public Health Order addressing COVID-19 quarantine measures has been issued by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The order details requirements for any individual who resides, attends school, or is employed within Branch, Hillsdale or St. Joseph counties, and who is notified that they are a COVID-19 close contact. Health officer Rebecca Burns said after consultation with the agency’s …

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COVID-19 update from health department

Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, spoke about COVID-19 and immunizations during her annual presentation to St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. She said the agency administered about 40 COVID-19 immunizations at Project Connect, which took place earlier the same day. She said 40 may sound like a small number but in her …

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More Michigan counties enter higher risk virus threat

Nearly half of Michigan residents live in counties where the federal government is urging everyone ages 2 and over, including the fully vaccinated, to wear masks in public indoor settings because transmission of the coronavirus is “high” or “substantial.” The guidance affected 33 of 83 counties as of Monday — including large ones such as Oakland, Macomb and Ingham — up from …

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Updated COVID stats for St. Joseph County

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has provided updated figures regarding COVID-19 and its vaccinations for the week ending July 25. Agency officials said St. Joseph County reported 12 new cases and no deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported eight cases, and no deaths. Throughout the pandemic, the county has reported 6,288 cases and 101 …

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New medical director at health department

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Board of Health has approved the selection of Karen Luparello as their next medical director. Lauren Vogel will be stepping down from the position effective September 30. Luparello is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in pediatrics and is affiliated with Hillsdale Hospital. She received her medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and has …

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St. Joseph County update — COVID-19

St. Joseph County reached a dubious milestone, as its 100th person to die from COVID-19 was recorded late last week. Officials from the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency said the 100th death occurred 15 months after the pandemic first reached the county in March 2020. Agency officials said there have been more than 5,500 cases of the coronavirus in St. …

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Local COVID vaccination rates

Vaccination level in St. Joseph County reached 40 percent last week. Meanwhile, in Branch and Hillsdale counties, the number of eligible recipients remains below 40 percent. The percentage of eligible residents vaccinated by May 24 was 40 for St. Joseph County, 39.7 for Branch County and 36.2 in Hillsdale County. St. Joseph County experienced the greatest increase in vaccinations over …

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