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Detroit opens vaccine eligibility to all amid spiking cases

Yvonne Gibbs
Posted at 4:23 PM, Mar 29, 2021

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is immediately expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, a week earlier than planned, as Michigan continues to confront spiking infection rates that rank third-highest in the country.

Mayor Mike Duggan said Monday that the seven-day testing positivity rate in the state’s largest city doubled in 10 days, to 10.3%.

Hospitalizations also doubled over that period but, unlike during the second wave of cases last fall, involve younger people in their 20s, 30, 40 and 50s.

A similar trend is occurring statewide.

Also eligible are non-residents who work in Detroit.