My social media was jam-packed with everyone sharing positive tests over the Christmas break.

But unlike holiday posts from years past where I'd see friends and family sharing that they were expecting, these positive tests were for Covid-19.

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According to MLive more people died in December 2021 than any other month of the year from Covid-19. Michigan also broke a new coronavirus record last week, with the state health department reporting a two-day total of 25,858 confirmed cases earlier this week.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says The Omicron variant has been found in these Michigan counties.

Calhoun
Genesee
Kent
Livingston
Macomb
Oakland
St. Clair
Washtenaw

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This information comes as the MDHHS updated its quarantine guidelines for the general public to reflect recent recommendations from the CDC. One of the recommendations includes a shortening of the quarantine and isolation duration for those who aren't vaccinated or haven't received their booster to five days followed by an additional five days of wearing a well-fitting mask around others.

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MDHHS chief medical executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian said:

 

"We have safe and effective tools for preventing the spread of COVID-19, Getting vaccinated continues to be the best protection against severe illness and hospitalization, and we urge all Michiganders over age 5 to get vaccinated as soon as possible. These most recent updates to the quarantine and isolation guidelines are a reflection on our progress as we learn more about COVID - but we are not in the clear as variants like omicron continue to create new challenges in the fight to end this pandemic. Continue to wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth, test and social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, avoid large gatherings, and get vaccinated and boosted if you haven't already." 

 

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