DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 469,928 as of Wednesday, including 11,775 deaths, state officials report.
Wednesday’s update includes 3,443 new cases and 70 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state reported a total of 466,485 confirmed cases and 11,705 deaths.
- The state will not provide updated COVID-19 numbers on Christmas Day, according to its website. The last update was Dec. 23 and the next update is expected Saturday, Dec. 26.
Hospitalizations started to decline in December. As of Wednesday there were 3,086 COVID patients at Michigan hospitals, of which 738 were in critical care.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 18 million COVID cases have been reported across the country as of Wednesday afternoon. More than 329,000 have died in the U.S. from the virus.
Worldwide, more than 78 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.7 million have died as of Wednesday afternoon, 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.
“My hope is that if people do what they did around Thanksgiving and not travel, and do the right thing and keep our gatherings down to a household or two, max, and wear masks, that we will be in a strong position right after the first of the year to take another step forward,” Whitmer said.
The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, Dec. 19, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day.
Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state is revising its COVID-19 order to resume in-person high school classes, reopen certain indoor entertainment venues and allow non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes.
The state is currently under a “pause” that placed stricter COVID-19 regulations on restaurants, schools and more, but that order was scheduled to expire Sunday (Dec. 20).
Now, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until Jan. 15.
Here we are tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed per 1,000 residents in each Michigan county:
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched “CV19 CheckUp” — a free, anonymous tool that evaluates someone’s risks associated with COVID-19.
“This tool, which we will make available to all Michiganders, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and personal behavior, and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services if needed,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency.
Travis said the tool can be used by all Michigan residents, but it’s specifically designed to help adults 60 and older. It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address or identifier of any type.
The tool used artificial intelligence to analyze each person through an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high-risk.
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Dec. 1:
- Dec. 1 — 5,793 new cases
- Dec. 2 — 6,955 new cases
- Dec. 3 — 7,146 new cases
- Dec. 4 — 8,689 new cases
- Dec. 5 — 6,004 new cases
- Dec. 6 — 4,675 new cases
- Dec. 7 — 4,675 new cases
- Dec. 8 — 5,909 new cases
- Dec. 9 — 4,905 new cases
- Dec. 10 — 5,937 new cases
- Dec. 11 — 5,157 new cases
- Dec. 12 — 4,486 new cases
- Dec. 13 — 3,602 new cases
- Dec. 14 — 3,603 new cases
- Dec. 15 — 4,730 new cases
- Dec. 16 — 4,037 new cases
- Dec. 17 — 4,024 new cases
- Dec. 18 — 4,180 new cases
- Dec. 19 — 3,896 new cases
- Dec. 20 — 2,275 new cases
- Dec. 21 — 2,276 new cases
- Dec. 22 — 3,082 new cases
- Dec. 23 — 3,443 new cases
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Dec. 1:
- Dec. 1 — 190 new deaths (30 from vital records)
- Dec. 2 — 81 new deaths
- Dec. 3 — 175 new deaths (112 from vital records)
- Dec. 4 — 81 new deaths
- Dec. 5 — 193 new deaths (145 from vital records)
- Dec. 6 — 46 new deaths
- Dec. 7 — 47 new deaths
- Dec. 8 — 191 new deaths
- Dec. 9 — 75 new deaths
- Dec. 10 — 182 new deaths (132 from vital records)
- Dec. 11 — 61 new deaths
- Dec. 12 — 206 new deaths (176 from vital records)
- Dec. 13 — 45 new deaths
- Dec. 14 — 45 new deaths
- Dec. 15 — 183 new deaths (71 from vital records)
- Dec. 16 — 83 new deaths
- Dec. 17 — 190 new deaths (125 from vital records)
- Dec. 18 — 66 new deaths
- Dec. 19 — 187 new deaths (155 from vital records)
- Dec. 20 — 35 new deaths
- Dec. 21 — 36 new deaths
- Dec. 22 — 173 new deaths (72 from vital records)
- Dec. 23 — 70 new deaths
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