LANSING, Mich. – Despite the continuing spread of a COVID-19 variant in the state, Michigan’s overall virus numbers continue to improve, according to officials.
As of Tuesday, Michigan is reporting 144 cases of COVID-19 per million population per day, Khaldun said. The case rate is steadily declining and is down 81% from the mid-November peak, she said.
The state’s percent positivity is at 4.5% and continues to decline, according to the state.
Khaldun said only 6% of hospital beds are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients. That number is down 72% since the “fall peak” on Dec. 1.
- Case rate: 144 (trending down)
- Percent positivity: 4.5% (trending down)
- Hospitalization rate: 6% (trending down)
On Tuesday, Michigan announced its lowest single-day case total since Sept. 22, and it was the first time the state has announced fewer than 1,000 cases since Oct. 6.
The number of new COVID-19 cases was 563. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has confirmed 569,980 COVID-19 cases and 14,965 virus-related deaths.
These improvements come despite the spread of the B117 variant across the state. Khaldun said there have been 45 confirmed cases in 10 different counties, as of Tuesday.