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 7, 2021

Good and bad news to report on the COVID pandemic.  Unfortunately, the 7-day average of cases in the United States is continuing to worsen.  The 7-day average caseload was 67,989 on April 3 compared to 60,425 on March 27.  Remember, not too long ago, the average case load was hovering around 50,000 per day.  Regardless, the overall COVID burden remains too high with the concern that a 4th wave of cases is upon us.  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID have continued to rise and was 554,064 as of April 5.

The good news is that the COVID death rate is decreasing.  The 7-day average for the number of deaths in the United States was 781 on April 4.  The highest 7-day average for death was 3346 on January 15 and has steadily declined since.  Part of the reasoning is that 75% people over the age of 65 have at least received one vaccine and 55% are fully vaccinated.  Treatment modalities have also been discovered and are in routine use.

A similar trend is continuing in Wisconsin.  The 7-day average in Wisconsin was 727 on April 4 in comparison to 670 on March 27 and 560 on March 19.  The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was the highest at 68 on December 7, 2020 and has steadily declined to 9 as of April 4.  Over the last several weeks the 7-day average of deaths in Wisconsin has fluctuated a bit but remained relatively low.

Michigan remains a hot spot.  The 7-day average caseload continues to climb and was 6456 on April 4 in comparison to 5157 on March 29.  The lowest 7-day average caseload was 1074 on February 22 with a steady increase since.  The highest 7-day average for deaths in Michigan was 129 on December 18, 2020 with a steady decline to 15 on April 4.

The rise in cases is occurring more so in the young.  The reasoning is that the COVID variants are more prevalent and more transmissible.  Also, the loosening of COVID restrictions has led to less adherence to COVID mitigation efforts.  Let’s face it.  The young are fed up and want to get out and about as well.

Thankfully, COVID vaccinations continue on an aggressive pace.  Over 165,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  To date, almost a third of Americans have received at least one dose and one out of four adults are fully vaccinated.  Currently about 3,100,000 vaccinations are administered per day with the highest daily administration of 4,100,000 vaccines.

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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 Effectiveness

To anyone who is questioning the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines, fear not.  Real world data supports that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are extremely effective even against the COVID variants.  Over 4000 fully vaccinated healthcare, essential workers, and frontline personnel were regularly tested for COVID, regardless if they had any symptoms.  The results indicate over 90% effectiveness in avoiding COVID infection with no reported deaths.  In addition, for those who were vaccinated early, the protection afforded by the vaccines has persisted for at least six months.  The bottom line is that the vaccines work.

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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

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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.