We're almost there Michigan health officials say as new figures show that 54% of adults ages 16 and up have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, a roughly 2.5 percentage point jump after factoring in people who were vaccinated outside the state or at federal facilities.

Fox 17 reported the addition of 227,000 residents to the count Friday puts Michigan close to a 55% benchmark Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says is needed to allow in-person work in offices. So, let's hope that after this past weekend, the number will be higher.

The reopening step will occur two weeks after the milestone is reached.

As we remember, the Governor and state health officials said that two weeks after 55% of Michiganders have received at least their first dose, in-person work will again be allowed for all sectors of business.

Then, two weeks after 60% of Michiganders have gotten at least their first dose, the state will:

- increase indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%- increase indoor capacity at conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes to 25%- increase capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%- lift the curfew on restaurants and bars

At 65% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

- lift all indoor capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties- further relax limits on residential social gatherings

At 70% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

- lift the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer use broad mitigation measures unless unexpected circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

Let's keep the vaccinations going. Hope is brighter than ever!

 

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