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Muskegon health officials on edge as COVID deaths are hitting younger populations

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The death of three Muskegon residents who died from COVID-19 has local health officials on edge, as two of the them were in the 40’s.

Muskegon Health Officials say, the biggest concern is that more and more younger people are getting the coronavirus, are dying at a faster rate, while there is no real answer as how the virus is spreading, or why.

Cases are surging along the lakeshore, as health officials say there were nearly 400 new infections in Muskegon County over the past week.

What really has officials concerned, is that in earlier surges during the pandemic, it was those over the age of 65 and nursing home residents who were getting the sickest and dying from the coronavirus--now its younger people, as the community is experiencing “true community spread” says Muskegon County Public Health Officer Kathy Moore.

“We just don’t understand, but it is happening here,” Moore said. “

Just one month ago, case rates had dropped to below three percent and health officials had said that the pandemic was all but over, but health officials say that new COVID-19 variants, coupled with pandemic fatigue and the lack of people under the age of 40 getting vaccinated could be contributing to the recent surge.

Meanwhile, hospitals across the state of Michigan are once again filling up. At Mercy Health in Muskegon officials reported 58 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 10 in the intensive care unit. 

8 are on ventilators.