Michigan reports good news and bad news with latest COVID-19 metrics update

Case rate, percent positivity both increase for first time since mid-November

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, at a Jan. 13, 2021, COVID-19 briefing.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, at a Jan. 13, 2021, COVID-19 briefing. (WDIV)

LANSING, Mich. – After Michigan’s most important COVID-19 metrics improved for several weeks in a row, the state’s latest update came with some good news and some bad news.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, updated the state’s numbers on Wednesday.

Michigan is currently at 265 cases per million population, which is up from the low point of 239 cases per million since the MDHHS order went into effect.

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The case rate has increased recently and “may be plateauing,” Khaldun said. She said most regions in the state have case rates north of 300 per million population.

The positivity rate is at 9.1% and has been between 8.1% and 10% over the past week, according to Khaldun.

This is the first time since mid-November that both the case rate and positivity rate have risen in the same week, according to the state.

Right now, 12.1% of available inpatient beds in Michigan are filled with COVID-19 patients, she said.

“The good news is that continues to decrease, however, the rate of that decrease is slowing,” Khaldun said.

Khaldun said Michigan, overall, is in a much better place than it was in early November. Michigan is also doing better than many other states, she said.


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