LANSING, Mich. – A local Walgreens pharmacy has been forced to temporarily close due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a sign that appeared on the pharmacy window at the Lansing Walgreens at 6421 West Saginaw Highway on Saturday (Jan. 8), the pharmacy is experiencing staffing shortages and temporarily closed.
A local Walgreens staffer tells Urgence News that the store hopes to reopen the pharmacy on Monday (Jan. 10). Since many Walgreens stores are dealing with staffing shortages, corporate is looking to bring in a traveling pharmacist, according to the staffer, instead of transfer a worker from another area location. The outbreak took place last week.
In the meantime, customers may get their prescriptions fulfilled at any other area Walgreens store, unless the prescriptions are for narcotics, which cannot be transferred. Customers should call another local Walgreens store to request to have their prescriptions transferred. Most prescriptions will be honored at the new location. To find a local Walgreens near you, visit the Walgreens website.
Michigan’s COVID-19 cases have been on the rise over the past week, largely due to the highly contagious omicron variant, which is making its way across the U.S. On Friday (Jan. 8), the state reported 40,692 new COVID-19 cases and 259 related deaths. That beats the previous record, which was set earlier this week, with an average of 20,346 cases over two days. Of the deaths, 136 of that number were part of a vital records review.
Michigan’s daily average is currently the highest it has been since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The state’s daily average is 20,346 cases. That’s significantly higher than Wednesday’s average of 13,673 cases per day. Michigan’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1,636,611.
With COVID-19 on the rise, testing is increasingly difficult to find. If you’re looking for testing, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released an interactive map showing medical care in your area, including COVID-19 testing.