Detroit Evening Report: April 21, 2022: State warns of expected rise in COVID-19 cases

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As residents prepare to gather for group celebrations this spring, the state health department is warning of an expected rise in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, driven by the more contagious omicron subvariant. Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian is the state’s chief medical executive. She encourages all Michiganders to make sure to have masks and over-the-counter tests on hand and to be up to date with vaccines. The state says hospitalizations and deaths are not expected to rise significantly because of the level of vaccination, boosters and immunity from the recent omicron spike. As of Wednesday, there have been more than 125 thousand confirmed cases and nearly 35 hundred deaths from the virus in Detroit.

Other headlines for April 21, 2022:

  • Detroit school district plans to scale back COVID-19 testing next school year
  • Wayne State University and Wayne Health receive $900K grant from Bank of America to boost mobile health program
  • Kilpatrick admits he committed perjury but maintains innocence on several federal corruption charges
  • Detroit has been named a Certified Welcoming City for its immigrant inclusion practices

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  • Dorothy Hernandez is Digital Editor for 101.9 WDET, creating digital editorial content. Her love of radio began when she had a radio show in college when she and her roommate played '80s music in the middle of the night.