Lisa Peacock

Aurora Rae / WCMU News

Counties in Northwest Michigan have some of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state, but health officials there said Thursday that they’re still concerned about the disease.

Aurora Rae / WCMU News

Leelanau County has vaccinated 52% of its 16-years-and-older population, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Lisa Peacock, the health officer for the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, said she and her staff achieved the milestone with community support.


Health officials in northwest lower Michigan say not enough people are coming in to get the available vaccine.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Northern Michigan public health officials said Thursday that the growing prevalence of COVID-19 variants that are more contagious than the original strain of the virus is making outbreaks increasingly difficult to control.

Health Department of Northwest Michigan

Local health departments are getting squeezed by two competing priorities as cases of the novel coronavirus grow in Michigan: They’re trying to both track the new outbreaks and keep up the pace of vaccinations.