Michigan reports 40,692 new COVID cases, 259 deaths -- record average of 20,346 cases per day

More than 1.2 million recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

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DETROIT – Michigan reported 40,692 new cases of COVID-19 and 259 virus-related deaths Friday -- a record average of 20,346 cases over the past two days.

The daily average of 20,346 cases surpasses Wednesday’s average of 13,673 cases per day and is the highest in Michigan since the start of the pandemic.

Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,636,611, including 27,822 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,595,919 cases and 27,563 deaths, as of Wednesday.

The deaths announced Friday include 136 identified during a Vital Records review.

Testing has increased to around 50,000 to 60,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate jumping up to 31.49% as of Jan. 5. Hospitalizations are on the rise again after slightly decreasing for the past few weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 14,968 on Friday, a new record-high. The 7-day death average was 97 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 1.7%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 320,000 on Friday, the highest recorded.

Michigan has reported more than 10.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Jan. 3, with 68.6% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose, while 62.9% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Across Michigan’s entire population, 63.7% have received at last one COVID vaccine dose.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 54 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 824,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 9 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 505 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 286 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 5.4 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.

New daily Michigan COVID-19 totals since Dec. 15:

  • Dec. 15 -- 11,722 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 17 -- 12,649 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 20 -- 13,999 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Dec. 22 -- 13,686 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 27 -- 32,957 new cases (case count for five days)
  • Dec. 29 -- 25,858 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Jan. 3 -- 61,235 new cases (case count for five days)
  • Jan. 5 -- 27,346 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Jan. 7 -- 40,692 new cases (case count for two days)

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Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.

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