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Detroit Daily Round-Up 12/29: New congressional and legislative maps created, doctors warn against cloth masks and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. Happy Hump Day — let's finish out this week strong!

Today is Wednesday, December 29, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

MI redistricting commission approves new congressional and legislative maps

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On Tuesday, Michigan's redistricting commission approved new congressional and legislative maps that are fairer to Democrats.

The new maps came after months of work by the 13-member panel, which voters created to put a stop to partisan gerrymandering.

Doctors advise against wearing cloth masks to combat COVID-19 spread

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In an effort to combat the rise of omicron, doctors are advising against wearing cloth masks.

According to Dr. Asha Shajahan, a family medicine physician for Beaumont Health and the medical director of Community Health for Beaumont Grosse Pointe, a three-layer mask is ideal for defending against omicron.

"You want to make sure it’s at least a three-layer surgical mask or an N-95 or higher," Shajahan said. "We want to make sure it’s not a cloth mask. A cloth mask does not offer [the] protection that you need."

Local Facebook group aims to help Metro Detroiters locate COVID-19 testing sites and at-home tests

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In the midst of a shortage of COVID-19 tests, the Michigan Vaccine Hunters Facebook page is assisting Metro Detroiters with locating them.

“A lot of the posts right now are about finding testing facilities, understanding quarantine, and isolation guidelines, and potentially getting help for sick relatives,” creator of the Detroit Area Vaccine Hunter Facebook group Katie Monaghan said.

Detroit Health Department hosting vaccination event for kids ages 5+

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On Wednesday, the Detroit Health Department will host a family-friendly vaccination event for all those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot.

The event is taking place at the Detroit Health Department Immunizations Clinics on 100 Mack Avenue and at the Northwest Activities Center on 18100 Meyers Road.

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