(WXYZ) — Michigan on Friday reported 17,980 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 128 deaths over a two-day period. That’s an average of 8,990 cases per day over the period.
The total number of confirmed cases in Michigan has reached 1,242,253 and the total number of deaths is 23,232.
The new numbers are close to the one-day record number of cases, 9,779, which occurred on November 20, 2020.
The state has also issued a health advisory advising everyone ages 2 and older to wear a mask at indoor gatherings as we approach the holidays.
The advice is not an order, nor is it mandatory.
On Wednesday, the state reported more than 14,000 new cases, averaging more than 7,000 per day. Last week, Michigan reported more than 40,000 cases during the week. Health experts have said Michigan is in its fourth wave and have forecast a grim outlook as we head into winter.
During a Friday afternoon press conference, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian the COVID-19 stats in the state. Hospital admissions are also increasing, and more than 15% of hospital beds in the state are being used to care for COVID-19 patients.
“If we can change the behavior and get people to do masking and increase vaccination rates, we have hopes that this will end soon,” Bagdasarian said. “If the behavior doesn’t change, I think we’re going to have a very rough winter season.” Bagdasarian said the number of cases is similar to where they were at this time last year, which is “worrying”. Michigan reports coronavirus numbers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as the number of cases continues to rise.
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