Sensia COVID Update

As a service to our corporate clients, Sensia offers weekly updates on the COVID pandemic.  Sensia provides this information to keep you as up to date as possible on the everchanging COVID landscape.

April 14, 2021

Continuing on a theme, there is good and bad news to report on the COVID pandemic.  The 7-day average of cases in the United States has steadily worsened over the last month.  The 7-day average caseload was 67,653 on April 11 in comparison to the recent lowest of 52,817 on March 19.  Thankfully, the 7-day average for death in the United States has continued to decline to 677 on April 11 in comparison to 847 on March 30 (highest of 3456 on January 13).  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID stands at 559,172 as of April 12.

A similar trend is present in Wisconsin.  The 7-day case average in Wisconsin was 898 on April 11 in comparison to 727 on April 4 (recent lowest of 489 on March 23).  The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin has steadily declined to 5 as of April 11 with the highest at 68 on December 7, 2020.  Over the last several weeks the 7-day average of deaths in Wisconsin has fluctuated a bit but remained low.

Michigan remains a local concern as do other midwestern states including Minnesota, Iowa, and Indiana.  In Michigan, the 7-day average caseload continues to climb and was 7609 on April 9 in comparison to 6456 on April 4.  An increase in over 1000 cases per day in less than one week!  The lowest 7-day average caseload was 1074 on February 22.  In spite of the rapid rise in cases, the 7-day death rate in Michigan remains relatively low and was 26 on April 11.

The rise in cases is occurring mostly in the unvaccinated young.  In Michigan the highest daily case rate is in the 20 to 39 years old age group.  An increase in hospitalizations is also reported in this group.  Unfortunately, cases in the <19 years old group are also on the rise.  A combination of factors is felt to be in play including involvement in sports related activities.  Multiple cases and clusters have been tracked to sporting events.  The presence of COVID fatigue and the rise in the B.1.1.7 variant are also contributing factors.

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Thankfully, COVID vaccinations continue on an aggressive pace.  Over 195,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  As of April 12, 36.4% of Americans have received at least one dose and 22.3% are fully vaccinated.  Of those older than 65 years of age, 79% have received at least one dose and 62% are fully vaccinated.  Currently about 4,000,000 vaccinations are being administered per day.  At this pace, most Americans will have received or been offered the COVID vaccine by mid-summer 2021!

The best strategy continues to be to practice mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing along with encouraging all Americans to get vaccinated for COVID.

COVID Vaccine Update

Unfortunately, use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been put on hold in the United States due to six reported cases of blood clots in women who received the vaccine, one of which led to death.  To date, over 6.8 million J&J vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  The safety of the J&J vaccine is under study but clearly slows the vaccination effort.  Expectation is for the J&J vaccine to eventually be cleared for use but acceptance by Americans will likely be tainted.  The smaller COVID vaccine supply will adversely affect distribution to vaccinators in Wisconsin.

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Sensia’s Service Summary

Sensia provides comprehensive Occupational Health, Wellness, and Primary Care services to employers and their employees by providing medical clinics and/or medical staff at the worksite.  Sensia actively assists our clients in managing the COVID pandemic.  Sensia is an independent healthcare organization not affiliated with any of the hospital-based systems.  At Sensia, our client is the employer and their employees.  References are available upon request.

If you wish to learn more about Sensia’s services, please contact Patti Schaetz at pschaetz@sensiawellness.com or call 920-470-5133.  Sensia looks forward to the conversation.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Seter, M.D.

CEO/President

Sensia Wellness

aseter@sensiawellness.com

Employee Health Coaching

Sensia offers a variety of wellness services including health risk assessments, educational presentations, and incentive programs to assist employees in learning more about how to manage their health and wellbeing. Please contact Patti Schaetz, President – Business Development at pschaetz@mysensia.com, or call us at 920-470-5133 to discuss how we can help you this year.  You can also visit our website at, www.mysensia.com for additional information and a list of our other services.