As Michigan faces the most severe rise in recent coronavirus cases per capita in the United States, state health officials announced Friday that they will release face mask guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus ahead of the holidays.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that all residents over two years of age wear face masks at indoor meetings and urged businesses to enact mandatory mask use policies.
The report comes as Michigan is grappling with the largest spike in cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, ahead of the surge that ravaged the state in the spring.
According to the New York Times database, as of Thursday, the average daily number of new cases increased by 83 percent, and the average number of hospitalizations increased by 40 percent in the past two weeks. The average number of new cases in seven days was 8,393 and the average number of daily deaths was 67. The average number of hospitalizations, 3,224, remained lower than in the spring.
“The increase in the number of cases, positive results and hospitalizations were very worrying for us,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health. “We are issuing face mask guidelines and we hope Michigan residents contribute to the protection of their friends, their families, and their communities by wearing a mask indoors and getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and the flu as soon as possible, if they are still. didn’t do it. “
With air travel approaching pre-pandemic levels this Thanksgiving season, Michigan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Natasha Baghdasaryan has urged residents to follow a series of mitigation measures as the holiday season approaches, according to TSA officials.
“The holidays can be a time to cheer up, and we recommend taking action, including wearing a mask indoors, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to loved ones,” she said in a statement.