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Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Dec. 31, 2020

4,222 new COVID cases reported Wednesday

Michigan COVID-19 data as of Dec. 30, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 data as of Dec. 30, 2020. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 488,144 as of Wednesday, including 12,333 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update includes 4,222 new cases and 51 additional deaths. This will be the last data update until Jan. 2, 2021.

New COVID-19 cases are slowing but deaths remain high in Michigan. Testing has slowed during the holiday, with more than 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, with the positive rate decreasing to near 8% over the last week. Hospitalizations have slowly decreased but remain relatively high, including in critical care and ventilator use.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,602 on Wednesday, nearly the lowest in several weeks. The 7-day death average was 74. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 157,500 on Wednesday. More than 318,000 have recovered in Michigan.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 6.5 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 19.5 million cases reported across the country. More than 338,800 have died in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 82 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.79 million have died, 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.


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VIEW: Tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses per Michigan county

VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools


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
  • Dec. 28 -- 3,239 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 29 -- 3,414 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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