COVID cases continue to spike in wake of vaccine

Isabella Cicero and Brady Cicero

Even in the wake of the COVID-19 vaccine, new COVID cases are spiking in the United States right now. Scientists and health experts have been warning Americans of a new wave in specifically the upper Midwest and Northeast.

 States like Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey have had spikes in cases (New York Times). 

Deaths are at about 800 a day in the United States. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has claimed that all the new cases in Michigan have resulted from travel and states banning their mask mandates (USA Today).

 In April, Michigan has been the worst state in America for cases. The top metro areas in our country who have the largest number of cases are all in Michigan, with most schools still being virtural in the state of Michigan (USA Today). 

In the U.S., about 2.5 million shots of the covid vaccine are given out each day (CNBC). 

The stimulus package that President Joe Biden signed includes $1.75 billion funds for genomic sequencing (New York Times). 

The top metro areas in our country who have the largest number of cases are all in Michigan.

New since Sunday the seven day average of cases rose by 5 percent in 27 states (CNBC). According to the New York Times, cases of hospitalization and death have been on a decline from their peak since January. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is thinking about new restrictions as the vaccine is being distributed, but more citizens are ending up in hospitals.

The recent COVID-19 briefing came up with the idea that it’s very possible there will be an incline in cases till May with more citizens traveling (US Today). 

Dr.Rochelle Walensky, director of the CD, said at a briefing that “We are at a critical point in this pandemic, a fork in the road” (CNBC). 

The CDC has released travel guidelines which state the travels in the United States to not need to quarantine or get tested before or after their trip, the CDC recommends social distancing and masks (USA Today).


In the year since the pandemic started, Michigan has reported over 676,494 cases of COVID-19. Throughout the return to school, MPS has put safety measures in place so that students and staff are as safe as possible while in in-person school. Letters and announcements from school staff will from now to the foreseeable future detail the COVID-19 situation in the MPS district. 

Michigan is currently having a surge in COVID-19 cases, and Monroe Country is among the counties with the highest transmission rate in the state. Because of the COVID-19 case surge, MPS has closed schools in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Athletic programs are currently suspended due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in our zip code. (Monroe News)


On April 20, Monroe had reported 141  new cases of COVID-19. The seven day average for cases is 115. (New York Times). On Tuesday, April19, Michigan reported 8,574 new COVID-19 cases. The seven day average for the state of Michigan is 6,457 cases, which is the highest in the country. (Local 4) Michigan leads the country in COVID-19 cases, and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the rise as well. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recommended that schools pause in-person learning for two weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Governor Whitmer also stated that she had a talk with President Biden about Michigan’s recent COVID-19 surge, and planned ways to get cases down.