Whitmer provides update on COVID-19 cases, vaccines in Michigan

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 12:06:51-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan on Friday afternoon.

Whitmer was joined by MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, where she announced that she wanted all K-12 schools in Michigan to resume in-person instruction by March 1.

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Beginning next week, people ages 65 and up, as well as other frontline workers like teachers, first responders and more will be able to get the vaccine.

This also comes one week before the latest COVID-19 restrictions are set to expire. The MDHHS pandemic order keeping restaurants closed for indoor dining expires at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.

Whitmer did not say whether or not she would open restaurants back up after the order expired.

According to Khaldun, the state is seeing an increase in case rate and positivity rate.

Khaldun said Michigan is at 22 cases per million people per day, which is an increase of 8 cases per million people per day in the last week. We're also at a 9.3% positivity rate, which is up in the last week. It was 8.2% on Dec. 27.

12.% on in-patient beds are filled with COVID-19 patients, and that number does continue to trend downward.

Michigan reported 4,015 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 176 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 512,751 and the total number of deaths to 13,094.

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