Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Oct. 3, 2021


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36-year-old Justin Moon spent nearly 6 weeks on a ventilator.

As a former Division I college football player for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Justin Moon faced many challenges on the field.

But more than a decade later, the 36-year-old step dad may have met his toughest opponent yet, when coronavirus left him fighting for his life earlier this summer just days before he was set to get his first dose of vaccine, he said.

“There's only one other step beyond where I was at, and that's cremation or going in your box,” Moon, who is still hospitalized but on the road to recovery, told ABC News. “I actually died for 4 minutes, and they paddled me and brought me back.”

Moon, of Guntersville, Alabama, was an athlete his entire life, and prior to his COVID diagnosis, he said he had no known underlying health conditions.

“I was never sick, and never missed a day of work,” said Moon, who has spent more than 10 weeks in the hospital, including nearly six weeks on a ventilator. “I could not do anything but blink. I could not talk, did not raise my head up off the pillow. You got to understand, being a 300-pound former athlete… man, that was tough.”

Now he and his wife, Mel, have dedicated themselves to spreading the word about vaccination and said that their efforts have helped encourage some 250 people to get their shots.

What had first seemed to be a sinus infection in July, turned out to be much more severe than anyone could have imagined, said Moon’s wife, Mel.

“We never dreamt in a million years that this would be our story,” said Mel.

When his symptoms worsened, Justin was taken to the hospital, and within six days of hospitalization, he was put on a ventilator.

When the vaccines became widely available, Moon said he was hesitant given the mixed messaging on vaccinations in political circles. Even though the company he works for, Waste Connections, encouraged workers to get vaccinated, he chose not to get the shot after avoiding the disease during the first wave of the pandemic.

“I was very unsure, so I stood still. And I was wrong,” Moon said.

Across the state of Alabama, just 42% of residents have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus as of Wednesday, a reality that drove the state to a record-breaking surge over the summer. Although infection rates are beginning to abate, less than 2% of intensive care unit beds remain available across the state.

The vast majority of the patients who are currently hospitalized at the University of Alabama Birmingham have not been vaccinated, according to the hospital, Brent Patterson, and those who tend to fare better and avoid severe illness are vaccinated.

Just prior to his diagnosis, Moon grew concerned by the increasing number of infections in the state. After a colleague tested positive for the virus, Moon said he overcame his skepticism, and made the decision, along with his wife, Mel, to get vaccinated.

His decision, ultimately, came too late, when he tested positive for the virus just days prior to when he planned to get the shot.

“If I had not been unsure of the vaccine, it would have probably gone like a lot of other stories,” said Moon. “Headaches, short breath, laying on the couch.”

In an effort to help people truly understand the realities of COVID-19, the Moon family decided to share their story in their community.

“We don't want anyone to ever have to go through what we've gone through. And that's the lesson we learned: don't stand still, do your homework. Don't listen to the wrong forces, talk to your physician, and your family,” Mel said. “There can’t be anything about being vaccinated that is as bad as this.”

Moon's family have been collecting texts and emails from people, who have reached out to let them know that they have got vaccinated after hearing Justin's story. As of this week, they said they have heard from at least 250 newly vaccinated people.

“They hear the entire story of what's going on with me, and, if they were in doubt, or we're just in the same situation that I was, they see me, and see that I very, very seldom got sick or had any issues… if we could affect Justin like this… it can be much, much worse,” Justin Moon said.

Moon still has a long road ahead of him, undergoing grueling rehabilitation, as he works to regain his strength and his sense of feeling in his dominant right arm, which is still completely numb. He is also learning how to stand up and walk again, and he still needs oxygen after walking a few feet.

“Not too many people get a second chance at life,” said Moon. “But it didn't have to be like that. The story could have gone very different.”

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Ford CEO Jim Farley shares new info on the automaker's future in developing electric vehicles for nationwide adoption.

Ford said Monday that it delivered 156,614 vehicles in September, more than any other automaker, which was a 34.3% improvement over August, but down 17.7% from the same month last year.

Ford's third-quarter total of 400,793 was third behind GM's 446,997 and Toyota's 566,005, the latter marking the second straight quarter that Toyota was the top-selling brand in the U.S.

Toyota's year-to-date tally of 1,857,884 vehicles leads the 1,777,483 recorded by GM, which has been the best-selling automaker in the U.S. for the past nine decades, according to Automotive News.

A Ford spokesman said the September uptick shows "momentum" as it begins to recover from the semiconductor shortage and launches several new models, including the Ford Bronco and Maverick pickup.

"New products and improved inventories made Ford America’s best-selling automaker in September. Retail sales gained 34 percent, compared to August, and we expanded our retail share 3.8 percentage points," Ford Vice President of Sales Andrew Flick wrote in the company's sales release.

Ford also revealed that it has received 150,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning pickup that enters production next year and that its full-year, full-size pickup sales lead over GM has grown to 100,059 units.

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