The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is “no problem” with fully vaccinated Americans continuing to wear face masks — despite the agency insisting it would always “follow the science” and being ripped for its already confusing messaging on face coverings. During a White House coronavirus briefing Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky gave a puzzling answer when asked about people who may not be psychologically ready to go mask-free. The White HouseMeanwhile, the current seven-day average of nationwide COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to about 3,400 — a decrease of almost 15 percent from the previous seven-day period, CDC data shows. Coronavirus daily deaths in the US also continue to decline, with a current seven-day average of 498, according to the data. “As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope,” Walensky said.
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Ten Michigan counties have at least two-thirds of residents age 50 to 64 who are least partially vaccinated, according to the latest state data. New cases: The state is averaging 1,355 new confirmed cases a dayThat’s down 30% from a seven-day average of 1,931 a week ago. Positivity rate: The seven-day average is now 6%The seven-day positivity rate on coronavirus diagnostic tests was 7.2% a week ago. A total of 19 counties have seven-day average positivity rates over 10%. The chart below allows you to look up any county by name to see the seven-day average positivity rate.