St. Clair County COVID-19 rates ‘climbing up’ – The Voice

St. Clair County’s COVID-19 case rates are rising along with the rest of the state, Dr. Annette Mercatante, St. Clair County Medical Officer of Health, said in the Department of Health’s monthly Facebook live stream. health on May 12.

From May 6 to 12, the county recorded 354 new cases and two deaths. During the Facebook live stream, Mercatante noted that the county was still at the low risk level, but as of May 13, the county is currently at a high COVID-19 community level, states.

“We consider testing in general to be down across the country,” Mercatante said. “There are a lot more self-tests going on and these are mostly going unreported.”

She said the county’s case count was likely an underrepresentation of the actual case count.

“Maybe even around a third of complete cases is one of the estimates,” she said.

Mercatante also said county hospitals are reporting COVID-19 activity, but at a relatively low rate.

She noted that Disability Rights Michigan is now the county’s resource for anyone homebound and in need of a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Their services are free and confidential. For more information, call 1-800-288-5923 or visit

Additionally, the county still has its COVID-19 information email at [email protected]

“When all of this started coming out, we realized we had dozens and dozens of people who needed their vaccines who were housebound and couldn’t get to these big clinics that we were hosting,” said said Mercatante. “Between the Council on Aging and the Association of Visiting Nurses and our amazing staff, we have been able to get many of these people vaccinated, so just a shout out what it takes. It takes a group of people working together to really get through this. So I hope this system works, and please let us know if it doesn’t work for you or if you don’t get the services you need. We would really love to hear from you if that doesn’t help.

She said she knew the situation was difficult, but people are warriors.

“If you are having difficulty with access to treatment, with vaccine information, whatever the case, please let us know,” she said. “Sometimes we’re so busy here that we don’t realize a problem is popping up here, and I guarantee that despite my transition, this health service will continue to do its best to be the best information it can be. for a really, really difficult and changing infectious disease climate.

As of May 17, the county has reported approximately 41,940 total cases and 836 total deaths during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bird flu

Mercatante also mentioned bird flu, which was detected in Michigan.

Bird flu, commonly known as bird flu, is a virus found in certain species of birds that can infect domestic poultry, including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quails, ducks, geese and guinea fowls, said Marketer. It can also be transmitted to other animals and has been found in some foxes.

“Remember the good news is that this virus does not affect humans,” she said. “So it’s not a human health risk, but it’s a significant health risk to our poultry population.”

She said the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to halt 2,022 poultry and waterfowl shows in Michigan until it can ensure the state passes 30 days without new detections of the virus in the domestic poultry population.

The stop includes shows, exhibits, swap meets, petting zoos at fairs, and game bird and waterfowl exhibits. The shutdown does not include or affect egg hatching shows, pigeon racing or zoos.

Pet bird owners and keepers should watch for unusual deaths, a drop in egg production, a significant decrease in water intake, or an increase in sick birds. If avian flu is suspected in domestic birds, people are urged to call MDARD immediately at 800-292-3939 during the day or 517-373-0440 after hours.

If anyone notices what appear to be unusual or unexplained deaths among wild bird populations, they can report the cases to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources using the DNR’s Eyes in the Field app or by calling the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory at 517-336-5030.

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The next Health Department livestream will be at 3:30 p.m. on June 9.

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