5 Fast Facts for Michigan’s Paychecks
November 19, 2020
Corona Surge: What does it mean?
With COVID cases surging, we might be in for a long winter, though us optimists remember it’s always darkest before the dawn. Paychecks are concerned, but knowledge is power, context is key, and yes, vitamin D is a good idea to help your body fight COVID! So, here's some Fast Facts to shine a light on the situation:
- MI health officials say only 29% of intensive care beds available - Meanwhile, hospitals are already postponing elective surgeries to prepare for a possible wave of sick COVID patients AND all the emergency sniffles that come every winter season.
- Healthcare officials think that 20,000 more Michiganders could die by February - this would more than double the COVID deaths so far all year! Just for context, about 98,000 people die in MI every year, and 8,128 Michiganders have died from COVID-19 since known cases were first announced earlier this year.
- More lockdowns? The Department of Health and Human Services issued emergency orders that limit indoor gatherings - the emergency order also advises avoiding travel, staying home while sick, and wearing PPE, among other things.
- Newest Coronavirus vaccine trial data show that it’s more than 94% effective - Whoo hoo!!! This is great news! Of course, the vaccine still needs to be certified by more experts but we can expect the vaccine to be ready ASAP for our frontline workers and the most vulnerable in the next few months.
- Pandemic relief and beating COVID is a constant debate in the halls of congresses everywhere - Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have hemmed and hawed over what can be done. Even Gov. Whitmer is asking for Federal help both financially and in the form of manpower by using the National Guard.
Michiganders are faced with new regulations and economic restrictions due to job losses and the threat of illness. Lots to watch as policymakers in Lansing and Washington hem and haw over government led Covid-cash. And with multiple vaccines on their way, we’re hopefully just a few months from the end of COVID.