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'3-week pause’: Michigan announces stricter COVID rules: What to know

New restrictions in effect from Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8

Entire state of Michigan in "E" risk level on Michigan Start Map.
Entire state of Michigan in "E" risk level on Michigan Start Map. (MDHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have announced stricter COVID-19 regulations involving restaurants, bars, high schools, colleges, in-person working and more.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the restrictions Sunday evening, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press briefing to make the announcement. The governor said Thursday that she was considering further action to stop the spread of the virus.

As of now, the restrictions are in place for three weeks -- from Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8.

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“Right now, my team and I are following the numbers closely and strongly considering all actions that we can take to keep Michiganders safe,” Whitmer said Thursday.

On Saturday, Michigan reported 7,072 new COVID-19 cases and 65 additional deaths, bringing the state totals up to 251,813 cases and 7,994 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Michigan reported a single-day record 8,516 new cases Friday.

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