How the end of the public health emergency affects Wayne County
Health care changes that both providers and patients have grown used to during the pandemic end tomorrow with the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Why it matters: The expiration marks the end of more than three years of additional spending to combat the pandemic.
Downtown Detroit still less active than pre-COVID
Recorded cell phone activity in downtown Detroit is still just half what it was pre-pandemic, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Alice Feng report.
- That's according to anonymized mobile device connectivity data analyzed by researchers at the University of Toronto's School of Cities.
Low bivalent booster turnout
Interest is lagging in COVID-19 vaccines — particularly this fall's new bivalent booster shot.
Why it matters: The latest booster from Pfizer and Moderna that rolled out starting in September for those 5 and up targets newer strains of the virus.
CDC: Most Michigan children have had COVID-19
More than eight in 10 Michigan children have likely already been infected with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control estimates.
Driving the news: The agency released its latest pediatric antibody seroprevalence survey results last week.
Public schools to start without masking, distancing mandates
Detroit Public Schools Community District is prepping for a new school year without a mask mandate.
Driving the news: The change comes as schools across the country work to regroup after two-plus years of interrupted learning, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.
Pandemic beliefs charted: Feeling left behind
More Americans are returning to their pre-pandemic lives.
- Nearly a third believe the pandemic is over, according to the latest Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
COVID vaccinations for young children available this week
COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5 are expected to be available this week for the first time at local health care providers.
Why it matters: The shots' availability is a big moment for parents who have anxiously been waiting to vaccinate their young children.
Detroiters' financial recovery from COVID mixed
Nearly a quarter of Detroit residents say their financial situation is better than a year ago, but the same percentage say it's gotten worse.
- Nearly half of residents surveyed say they're doing about the same financially as a year ago.
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