DETROIT (WXYZ) — As we near a new school year, southeastern Michigan is grappling with both rising COVID cases and a surge in confirmed cases of monkeypox.
When it comes to COVID-19, several counties in our area are now back in the CDC’s high community category, which recommends wearing face masks indoors.
dr Matthew Sims, director of infectious disease research at Beaumont Health, attributes this summer’s spike in cases to a few things.
“Many of the vaccinated people are beginning to dwindle. And there is confusion among people as to whether they should get the boost now or wait for the Omicron boost.”
An Omicron-specific booster shot considering the BA.5 subvariant is expected to be available sometime this fall, the Biden administration said Friday.
Monekypox cases are also slowly starting to rise here in Michigan, although Dr. Sims points out that these viruses are very different.
“Part of the problem right now is trying to contain it [Monkeypox] before it gets completely out of control. And again, I said that before I say it again. This won’t be another COVID, right. It just doesn’t spread that way,” he said.
Monkeypox can be sexually transmitted, Dr. However, Sims said they are also transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and are therefore not considered traditional STIs.
“The good news about these viruses, smallpox, is that once you have them, you get full protection. So people don’t get it twice.”
Of the nearly 30 confirmed cases of monkeypox in our area, 13 are in Wayne County and 10 specifically in the city of Detroit.
The city recently announced that a limited supply of vaccines will be available for those who have been or think they have been exposed to the virus.
Detroit’s Monkeypox vaccination centers are located at the Wayne HIV/STI Clinic at 50 East Canfield and also at the Detroit Health Department at 100 Mack Avenue.
dr Sims suggests that people make sure they are up to date on all of their vaccines as we near fall.
When it comes to Monekypox vaccine supplies, he believes Michigan is in a relatively good place given our low numbers.
“I know there has been a shortage of vaccines in New York, for example, where their numbers are much higher.”
Nationwide, there are 5,189 confirmed cases of monekypox, according to the CDC. New York has 1,345.
To learn more about monkeypox signs and symptoms, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about.html