COVID-19 transmission in Allegan County at fastest rate since the start of the pandemic

ALLEGAN, Michigan — The Allegan County Health Department is urging residents to be vigilant as COVID-19 transmission hits an all-time high.

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms are asked to warn their closest contacts — defined as anyone who has been less than two meters away for at least 15 minutes — of potential exposure. Notifications can be sent via the MI COVID warning app.

“We need community members to work together to lower the level of community transmission before further impacting educational institutions and businesses,” said medical director Dr. Richard Tooker. “Without prompt and deliberate community action, people can expect a decline in the capacity of local hospitals to provide COVID-19 interventions, other emergency services, and routine care for other health conditions.”

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dr. Tooker warns that continued spread could lead to more school and business closures as staff shortages increase.

The ACHD says there were 818.93 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people last week, adding that there were 187 pediatric cases.

County health officials say 56% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which they say is not enough to stop the spread of the Delta variant. A reported 79.1% of COVID-19 cases in Allegan County have occurred in unvaccinated residents.

All residents are urged to be vaccinated if eligible and to wear masks regardless of vaccination status, whether in public or indoors. ACHD also advises residents to stay at home if the weather is bad.

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