LANSING, Michigan – COVID-19 cases are rising in Michigan.
Michigan health officials have confirmed 14,561 new cases of the coronavirus in the state and 242 additional deaths related to COVID-19 since Monday.
177 of those deaths were identified during a review of medical records.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports confirmed cases averaging 7,281 per day over the two-day period.
There are now a total of 1,224,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 23,104 total deaths in Michigan.
A total of 3,362 adults with confirmed or suspected cases of the virus have been hospitalized in the state.
On November 10, 1,045,073 recovered from the virus.
15,681,645 COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide and 10,412,447 were administered as of November 16.
70.2% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
MDHSS now reports statewide COVID-19 data three days a week.
Children as young as 5 years old can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, signed on Nov. 2 a recommendation for an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old.
More than 201,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in people 19 and younger, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Every day, more than 450 children under the age of 12 become infected with the virus.
Vaccines for children 5 years and older are available immediately.
Several of West Michigan’s counties have moved into the CDC’s “substantial” or “high” transmission categories, meaning indoor masking is recommended for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
As the number of cases of the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to rise, some colleges and universities have issued vaccine and mask mandates for the fall semester.
On Aug. 10, Michigan’s Board of Education approved a resolution to allow local school districts to make “scientifically informed decisions” about whether or not to make COVID-19 masks mandatory for all students, faculty and visitors.
Gov. Whitmer has already said it will not require masks in schools this year, but has endorsed a recommendation from the state health department for universal masks in school buildings.
On July 1, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the “MI Shot to Win” sweepstakes, a raffle drawing for those who have received or will receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
The lotteries include stock draws, daily draws, and two major draws – one $1 million and one $2 million.
MORE: Here are the prizes and rules for the MI Shot to Win Vaccine Sweepstakes
Michigan lifted all broad COVID-19 epidemic orders for gatherings and masks on June 22.
As of June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor environments increased to 100% and the state stopped requiring residents to wear face masks.
The governor had previously said the state would lift its broad mask and the limits on gatherings on July 1.
From June 22, all broad, broad epidemic orders will be lifted. This means that both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will no longer have to wear face coverings indoors and restaurants and bars will be able to run at full capacity.
The state also lifted additional orders on June 22.
Although additional injunctions have been revoked, epidemic injunctions in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture will remain.
Whitmer also says public health measures will continue on reporting requirements and COVID testing to ensure areas of high community spread are identified, children are safe in school and free COVID-19 testing is available.
The governor’s office cited falling COVID-19 cases and increased vaccination rates as factors in the decision to lift restrictions ahead of schedule.
Michigan health officials are recommending — but not requiring — masks and social distancing for schools this coming fall.
They say the goal is to reduce disruptions to personal learning and help protect those who are not fully vaccinated, according to a Friday press release.
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More information and resources about the coronavirus pandemic
Find the latest numbers on case numbers and deaths through Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker.
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