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Morning Briefing Jan. 4, 2021: Michigan high schools allowed to reopen, transcript of Trump’s call with Georgia election chief

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What to know today 🌅

High schools allowed to reopen today

Michigan high schools are allowed to resume in-person learning on Monday as a part of Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order issued before the holiday break in December.

On Dec. 18, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until Jan. 15.

Read more here.


Full transcript of Trump’s call with Georgia election chief

President Donald Trump badgered and pleaded with Georgia’s election chief to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state, suggesting in a telephone call that the official “find” enough votes to hand Trump the victory.

Read the full transcript of the hour-long call here.


Coronavirus in Michigan 🦠

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 497,127 as of Saturday, including 12,598 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes 8,983 new cases and 265 additional deaths recorded over a three-day period. The state of Michigan has not provided an update on cases and deaths since Wednesday, Dec. 30 due to the holiday.

Over the three days -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- an average of 2,994 new COVID cases were recorded each day. An average of 88 new virus deaths were recorded each of the three days.

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the state reported a total of 488,144 cases and 12,333 deaths.

The state has reported a total of 363,611 recoveries from the virus as of Dec. 30.

The state of Michigan no longer provides coronavirus data updates on Sundays. The next update is expected Monday, Jan. 4.

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 increasing to about 9% over the last few days. 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 2,837 on Saturday. The 7-day death average was 82 as of Saturday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 121,000 on Saturday.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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