DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 565,251 as of Thursday, including 14,778 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update includes 1,358 new cases and 74 additional deaths, including 63 deaths identified during a review of records -- meaning they did not occur between Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 563,893 cases and 14,704 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate down to 4.7% as of Wednesday. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,306 on Thursday -- the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 46 on Thursday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 68,700 on Thursday -- near the lowest it’s been since November.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 26.6 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 454,000 deaths reported from the virus.
Worldwide, more than 104.6 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 2.2 million have died. More than 57 million have recovered, 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.
Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases
“Today, MDHHS is issuing an epidemic order to allow in-person practice and competitions for sports leagues, starting on Monday, Feb. 8,” Whitmer said. “I know these past months have been tough on all of us, and I know they’ve been really hard on student-athletes who’ve been missing a sense of connection and belonging, as well as many other attributes that playing sports provides.”
Under the previous Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order, basketball, hockey, wrestling, competitive cheer and youth leagues were shut down at least through Feb. 21.
Restaurants have been the most hotly debated topic of Michigan’s shutdowns throughout the COVID pandemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have twice shut down indoor dining, with the most recent ban ending Monday (Feb. 1).
Here’s a look at how restaurants have been handled throughout the pandemic.
Michigan restaurants will officially be allowed to resume indoor dining Feb. 1 with a curfew and other COVID-19 safety restrictions in place.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released its next COVID-19 order Friday. The revised restrictions go into effect Feb. 1 and last three weeks, until Feb. 21.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the order will allow indoor dining at restaurants, concessions at entertainment venues such as casinos, movie theaters and stadiums, personal services requiring mask removal and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households.
“The pause has worked,” Whitmer said. “The efforts we have made together to protect our families, frontline workers and hospitals have dramatically reduced cases and we have saved lives. Now, we are confident that starting Feb. 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place.”
“We are pleased to see the improvements in case rates, hospitalizations and percent positivity that have allowed us to reopen more activities,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “However, we must remain vigilant, especially since we now have a new more easily transmitted variant of this virus present in our state.”
Michigan’s risk for a coronavirus outbreak has recently decreased -- but has not altogether vanished -- nearly one month into the new year, according to data from Covid Act Now.
The state of Michigan is now labeled as “high” risk for a coronavirus outbreak by Covid Act Now -- a group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders that monitors and identifies each state’s risk level for a COVID-19 outbreak.
At the beginning of 2021, Michigan -- like much of the country -- was considered to be experiencing an “active or imminent outbreak,” which is a “critical” risk level. As of Thursday, Jan. 21, the state’s risk level has decreased due to fewer new COVID-19 cases reported each day, as the remainder of the country continues to struggle with virus spread.
Michigan is one of only five states labeled as high risk for an outbreak, which is the orange color on Covid Act Now’s national map. Three states -- California, Arizona and South Carolina -- are colored maroon, meaning they are experiencing a “severe” coronavirus outbreak. All remaining states, except Hawaii, are colored crimson on the map, which is considered the critical risk level. Hawaii is labeled as experiencing “slow disease growth.”
Michigan has released a preliminary timeline to show a projection of when other phases can expect to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Michigan recently moved into the 1B phase, which includes essential workers like teachers and opens up appointments for residents over the age of 65. Some counties have started vaccinating at this level, while some are still waiting to increase vaccine supply.
The preliminary timeline is fluid. It states very clearly, “Dates are estimated and expected to change based on vaccine availability.” And vaccine availability is limited right now -- but it should be improving in the near future.
Michigan moving to new phase of COVID vaccinations, including teachers, first responders, residents age 65
Michigan is moving on to a new phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, including teachers, first responders, childcare providers and residents 65 years of age and older.
“We are pleased to move the state forward in the next stage of vaccinations,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for MDHHS. “These vaccines are safe and effective, and we especially want our first responders, teachers and older adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The strategy we are announcing today is efficient, effective, and equitable, focusing on making vaccine available to those who have the highest level of risk, whether it is because of where they work or because of their age.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is “strongly encouraging” Michigan public schools to reopen for in-person learning by the beginning of March.
Public schools in Michigan were shut down during the fall due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Their buildings have been closed for about two months -- since the state reported thousands of COVID-19 cases per day in November.
“The value of in-person learning for our kids is immeasurable, and we must do everything we can to help them get a great education safely,” Whitmer said. “Over the last 10 months, medical experts and epidemiologists have closely followed the data and have learned that schools can establish a low risk of transmission by ensuring that everyone wears a mask and adopting careful infection prevention protocols.
I strongly encourage districts to provide as much face-to-face learning as possible, and my administration will work closely with them to get it done.”
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Jan. 15:
- Jan. 15 -- 2,598 new cases
- Jan. 16 -- 1,932 new cases
- Jan. 17 -- 1,421 new cases
- Jan. 18 -- 1,422 new cases
- Jan. 19 -- 1,738 new cases
- Jan. 20 -- 2,031 new cases
- Jan. 21 -- 2,165 new cases
- Jan. 22 -- 2,157 new cases
- Jan. 23 -- 1,601 new cases
- Jan. 25 -- 3,011 new cases (case count for two days)
- Jan. 26 -- 1,476 new cases
- Jan. 27 -- 1,681 new cases
- Jan. 28 -- 1,872 new cases
- Jan. 29 -- 1,774 new cases
- Jan. 30 -- 1,358 new cases
- Jan. 31 -- 1,033 new cases
- Feb. 1 -- 1,033 new cases
- Feb. 2 -- 1,203 new cases
- Feb. 3 -- 1,383 new cases
- Feb. 4 -- 1,358 new cases
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Jan. 1:
- Jan. 15 -- 29 new deaths
- Jan. 16 -- 103 (90 from vital records)
- Jan. 17 -- 10 new deaths
- Jan. 18 -- 10 new deaths
- Jan. 19 -- 41 new deaths
- Jan. 20 -- 40 new deaths
- Jan. 21 -- 148 new deaths (128 from vital records)
- Jan. 22 -- 17 new deaths
- Jan. 23 -- 221 new deaths (205 from vital records)
- Jan. 25 -- 35 new deaths (count for two days)
- Jan. 26 -- 79 new deaths
- Jan. 27 -- 6 new deaths
- Jan. 28 -- 80 new deaths (67 from vital records)
- Jan. 29 -- 6 new deaths
- Jan. 30 -- 104 new deaths
- Jan. 31 -- 4 new deaths
- Feb. 1 -- 4 new deaths
- Feb. 2 -- 63 new deaths (36 from vital records)
- Feb. 3 -- 32 new deaths
- Feb. 4 -- 74 new deaths (63 from vital records)
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