Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know May 24, 2021

1,378 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday-Monday

Michigan COVID-19 data as of May 24, 2021 (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 884,580 as of Monday, including 18,953 deaths, state officials report.

Monday’s update includes a total of 1,378 new cases and 14 additional deaths over the past two days. On Saturday, Michigan reported a total of 883,202 cases and 18,939 deaths.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate below 6% as of Sunday, the lowest in several weeks. Hospitalizations have declined over the last several weeks.

Overall, new cases have slowed over the last 21 days. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,225 on Sunday -- the lowest in several weeks. The 7-day death average was 55 on Sunday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 73,000 on Sunday. More than 791,000 have recovered in Michigan.

Michigan has reported more than 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Sunday, with 58% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 47.2% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Related: 4 data points that show how Michigan COVID surge has slowed as vaccine coverage increased

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 33 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 588,500 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 1.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered.

Worldwide, more than 165.5 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 3.4 million have died. More than 94 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

Coronavirus headlines:

VIEW: Chart: Michigan COVID vaccine coverage

VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools

Michigan announces updated workplace rules

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke Monday about the steps and rules residents will have to follow as they return to in-person work across the state.

On May 10, Michigan surpassed the milestone of 55% of people ages 16 and up receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, in-person work was set to resume two weeks later: today, May 24.

Whitmer spoke from a Grand Rapids business Monday to outline MIOSHA’s rules for returning to the workplace.

“Back in October 2020, MIOSHA issued emergency COVID rules, laying out specific mitigation measures, helping businesses keep patrons and their workplace safe,” Whitmer said. “These emergency rules had an expiration date of October 2021, meaning they would expire automatically unless formalized into permanent rules.”

Read more here.

Whitmer outlines Michigan’s new schedule for lifting COVID rules

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer officially revealed Michigan’s new schedule for eliminating COVID restrictions and returning to normal.

On Wednesday, the governor’s office hinted that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would update its pandemic order after the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention made changes to its recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Less than 24 hours later, Whitmer held a COVID briefing and announced a revised MI Vacc To Normal plan as cases decline and the number of vaccinated residents rises.

Here’s what’s changing -- read here.

Michigan lifts mask requirements for fully vaccinated residents

Michigan is lifting mask requirements for most indoor and outdoor settings for fully vaccinated residents, matching newly issued guidance from the CDC.

The new order took effect on Saturday, May 15.

Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others.

After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.

Michigan hits first vaccine goal

Michigan has reached the first of four vaccine milestones that will trigger the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state.

At the end of April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revealed the state will ease COVID-19 restrictions based on the percentage of Michiganders who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That plan has since changed into something different entirely, but some restrictions are still affected by it.

Weeks ago, the state of Michigan reached the threshold of 55% of residents having received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. Under the initial reopening plan, once the 55% threshold was reached, in-person work can resume two weeks later (May 24).

Click here to read more.

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since May 1:

  • May 1 -- 3,431 new cases
  • May 2 -- 2,517 new cases
  • May 3 -- 2,518 new cases
  • May 4 -- 2,527 new case
  • May 5 -- 2,589 new cases
  • May 6 -- 3,514 new cases
  • May 7 -- 2,758 new cases
  • May 8 -- 1,825 new cases
  • May 9 -- 1,358 new cases
  • May 10 -- 1,358 new cases
  • May 11 -- 1,992 new cases
  • May 12 -- 2,171 new cases
  • May 13 -- 2,057 new cases
  • May 14 -- 1,766 new cases
  • May 15 -- 1,289 new cases
  • May 16 -- 1,115 new cases
  • May 17 -- 1,115 new cases
  • May 18 -- 1,271 new cases
  • May 19 -- 1,560 new cases
  • May 20 -- 1,372 new cases
  • May 21 -- 1,132 new cases
  • May 22 -- 1,013 new cases
  • May 23 -- 689 new cases
  • May 24 -- 689 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since May 1:

  • May 1 -- 131 new deaths (98 from vital records)
  • May 2 -- 14 new deaths
  • May 3 -- 15 new deaths
  • May 4 -- 126 new deaths (51 from vital records)
  • May 5 -- 42 new deaths
  • May 6 -- 115 (92 from vital records)
  • May 7 -- 30 new deaths
  • May 8 -- 122 new deaths (83 from vital records)
  • May 9 -- 17 new deaths
  • May 10 -- 16 new deaths
  • May 11 -- 99 new deaths (32 from vital records)
  • May 12 -- 17 new deaths
  • May 13 -- 112 new deaths (73 from vital records)
  • May 14 -- 33 new deaths
  • May 15 -- 107 new deaths
  • May 16 -- 10 new deaths
  • May 17 -- 10 new deaths
  • May 18 -- 83 new deaths (27 from vital records)
  • May 19 -- 31 new deaths
  • May 20 -- 74 new deaths (61 from vital records)
  • May 21 -- 38 new deaths
  • May 22 -- 86 new deaths (99 from vital records)
  • May 23 -- 7 new deaths
  • May 24 -- 7 new deaths

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