Lansing health officials said the CDC’s tightened restrictions on Michigan could come prematurely

LANSING, Michigan – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced lighter pandemic restrictions for those fully vaccinated, but here in Michigan health officials are warning it is too early to abandon the COVID logs.

Ingham County’s health officer Linda Vail says Michigan’s recent surge is still worrying.

“If you look at what the CDC is doing, it’s national … I think in Michigan we need to be more careful given the surge in cases we still have,” Vail said.

Michigan’s case numbers are slowly starting to decline, but the state remains a national hot spot for COVID cases and hospital stays, according to CDC reporting.

Hospitals in central Michigan are still overwhelmed with COVID patients as health care workers grapple with severe cases.

“We can see another surge in the number of people in intensive care units and this really significant trend in people being ventilated,” said Vail.

Over the past week, Michigan identified more than 31,000 new cases of COVID-19 and nearly 200 COVID deaths. In mid Michigan, 604 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the past week.

“If we look at these numbers in moving averages, we see that the numbers are gradually falling, so we’re falling well in terms of the number of cases,” Vail said.

Health officials are still concerned as COVID-19 hotspots continue to emerge in Lansing and East Lansing.

“Some smaller hot spots, but these big ones are right in the urban core of our city,” said Vail.

Vail remains optimistic about vaccination efforts. As of Monday, Ingham County had vaccinated 49.3 percent of all eligible residents. With more vaccines than ever before, walk-in vaccinations are now available across the city.

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Gabi Dunham. WSYM.

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