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Kent County urging residents to get vaccinated, as pandemic now the 'worst its been'

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Health officials say hospitals are full of people with COVID-19, most who refused to get the shot.

With skyrocketing new cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks, Kent County Health officials are urging residents to do their part to help stop it.

The Kent County Department of Public Health sent out the call to action request to residents Tuesday, as officials report every West Michigan hospital is at near or full capacity with an average of 25 percent of all patients in the hospital due to complications from the coronavirus, and 85-90 percent of those are unvaccinated.

With the test positivity rate, at 22.8% in Kent County, and a daily average of 645 new cases per day, statistically, it has never looked more grim in the history of the pandemic, says Kent County Public Health Director Dr. Adam London.

“The worst is has ever been,” he said.

He says frustration is at an all-time high with those who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as the overcrowded hospitals are preventing those suffering from other health concerns from getting the proper health care they need.

Kent County is pleading with the community to take the following steps to help slow the rate of transmission.

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza, wear a mask in public settings, get tested if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, and take preventative measures like avoiding large indoor gathering spaces as much as possible.

Michigan currently leads the nation in new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human services reported over 17,000 new cases since Friday.

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