Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Dec. 27, 2020

7,341 new COVID cases reported Saturday

Michigan COVID-19 data Dec. 26, 2020
Michigan COVID-19 data Dec. 26, 2020 (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 477,269 as of Saturday, including 12,029 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes 7,341 new cases and 254 additional deaths. On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 469,928 confirmed cases and 11,775 deaths.

Important note: The state of Michigan did not provide an update on coronavirus data on Dec. 24-25 due to the holiday. The update on Saturday, Dec. 26 represents an average of 2,447 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Michigan each day between Dec. 23-26.

Of the 254 COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday, officials say 188 were identified during a review of records -- meaning they did not occur between Dec. 23-26.

On Saturday, the state reported a total of 318,389 recoveries from the virus.

The state of Michigan no longer provides coronavirus data updates on Sundays. The next update is expected Monday afternoon.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 18.8 million cases have been reported across the country as of Saturday. More than 331,000 have died from COVID in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 80 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.7 million have died as of Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.


Coronavirus headlines:


VIEW: Tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses per Michigan county

VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools


Whitmer hints at possibility of resuming indoor dining

Michigan restaurants are still fighting to resume indoor dining, which is banned by the state’s COVID-19 order, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted that some good news could be coming soon.

“My hope is that if people do what they did around Thanksgiving and not travel, and do the right thing and keep our gatherings down to a household or two, max, and wear masks, that we will be in a strong position right after the first of the year to take another step forward,” Whitmer said.

Read more here.

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal

The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, Dec. 19, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day.

Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.

Michigan revises COVID-19 order to reopen high schools, some entertainment venues

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state is revising its COVID-19 order to resume in-person high school classes, reopen certain indoor entertainment venues and allow non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes.

MORE: Here’s everything that’s reopening under Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order

The state is currently under a “pause” that placed stricter COVID-19 regulations on restaurants, schools and more, but that order was scheduled to expire Sunday (Dec. 20).

Now, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until Jan. 15.

Here’s what’s opening and what remains closed under the order.

Tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses per Michigan county

Here we are tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed per 1,000 residents in each Michigan county:

New tool tells Michigan residents how likely they are to get COVID-19, how severe case could be

A new tool created by Michigan health officials can calculate how likely a person is to get COVID-19 and how serious their infection could be based on their life situation and personal behaviors.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched “CV19 CheckUp” -- a free, anonymous tool that evaluates someone’s risks associated with COVID-19.

Click here to visit the CV19 CheckUp tool online.

“This tool, which we will make available to all Michiganders, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and personal behavior, and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services if needed,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency.

Travis said the tool can be used by all Michigan residents, but it’s specifically designed to help adults 60 and older. It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address or identifier of any type.

The tool used artificial intelligence to analyze each person through an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high-risk.

The tool’s algorithms are driven by science and medicine, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.


Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Dec. 1:

  • Dec. 1 -- 5,793 new cases
  • Dec. 2 -- 6,955 new cases
  • Dec. 3 -- 7,146 new cases
  • Dec. 4 -- 8,689 new cases
  • Dec. 5 -- 6,004 new cases
  • Dec. 6 -- 4,675 new cases
  • Dec. 7 -- 4,675 new cases
  • Dec. 8 -- 5,909 new cases
  • Dec. 9 -- 4,905 new cases
  • Dec. 10 -- 5,937 new cases
  • Dec. 11 -- 5,157 new cases
  • Dec. 12 -- 4,486 new cases
  • Dec. 13 -- 3,602 new cases
  • Dec. 14 -- 3,603 new cases
  • Dec. 15 -- 4,730 new cases
  • Dec. 16 -- 4,037 new cases
  • Dec. 17 -- 4,024 new cases
  • Dec. 18 -- 4,180 new cases
  • Dec. 19 -- 3,896 new cases
  • Dec. 20 -- 2,275 new cases
  • Dec. 21 -- 2,276 new cases
  • Dec. 22 -- 3,082 new cases
  • Dec. 23 -- 3,443 new cases
  • Dec. 24 -- 2,447 new cases
  • Dec. 25 -- 2,447 new cases
  • Dec. 26 -- 2,447 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Dec. 1:

  • Dec. 1 -- 190 new deaths (30 from vital records)
  • Dec. 2 -- 81 new deaths
  • Dec. 3 -- 175 new deaths (112 from vital records)
  • Dec. 4 -- 81 new deaths
  • Dec. 5 -- 193 new deaths (145 from vital records)
  • Dec. 6 -- 46 new deaths
  • Dec. 7 -- 47 new deaths
  • Dec. 8 -- 191 new deaths
  • Dec. 9 -- 75 new deaths
  • Dec. 10 -- 182 new deaths (132 from vital records)
  • Dec. 11 -- 61 new deaths
  • Dec. 12 -- 206 new deaths (176 from vital records)
  • Dec. 13 -- 45 new deaths
  • Dec. 14 -- 45 new deaths
  • Dec. 15 -- 183 new deaths (71 from vital records)
  • Dec. 16 -- 83 new deaths
  • Dec. 17 -- 190 new deaths (125 from vital records)
  • Dec. 18 -- 66 new deaths
  • Dec. 19 -- 187 new deaths (155 from vital records)
  • Dec. 20 -- 35 new deaths
  • Dec. 21 -- 36 new deaths
  • Dec. 22 -- 173 new deaths (72 from vital records)
  • Dec. 23 -- 70 new deaths
  • Dec. 24 -- 84 new deaths (62 from vital records)
  • Dec. 25 -- 85 new deaths (63 from vital records)
  • Dec. 26 -- 85 new deaths (63 from vital records)

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.