Region’s positivity rate for COVID-19 surpasses state level

GAYLORD — The positivity rate for COVID-19 in Northern Michigan surpasses levels seen at past peaks of the disease.

dr. Christine Nefcy, chief medical officer of Munson Healthcare, said Tuesday 21% of tests for the disease in the area served by the Munson system were positive, higher than the state’s overall rate of 16.8%, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Nefcy also discussed breakthrough cases or those who have contracted the coronavirus even after being vaccinated. She said 1.5% of those fully vaccinated in Michigan met the criteria of a breakthrough case. Of those who were vaccinated and contracted COVID-19 and later died, about 87% were over the age of 65.

“We know that when you’re older, your immune system doesn’t respond as well, and when you’re older, you probably have co-morbidities (the presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient),” Nefcy said.

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