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WATCH: Gov. Whitmer provides update on COVID-19, announces restaurants can open indoors

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - 1/13/2021
Posted at 6:23 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 09:57:51-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun gave another update on COVID-19 in Michigan on Friday morning.

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During the press conference, Whitmer announced a new epidemic order that goes into effect on Feb. 1 and allows restaurants to resume indoor dining on Feb. 1.

Related: Gov. Whitmer confirms Michigan restaurants can open starting Feb. 1

Those restaurants will have to follow certain rules, including 25% capacity, no more than six people per table and must close at 10 p.m. every night. Nightclubs will have to remain closed.

Indoor concessions can resume at casinos, sporting venues and more.

The state said it has also been closely monitoring three different metrics when making decisions over the past several weeks, all of which are improving.

Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients has declined for seven weeks and is currently at 9.9%. It peaked at 19.6% on Dec. 4.

The current case rate is at 225 cases per million people and peaked at 740 cases per million on Nov. 14, plateaued after a decline to 239 cases per million on Friday, Dec. 25 and has been declining for the past 11 days.

Finally, the positivity rate is currently at 6.8% and declining.

There have been a total of 544,311 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 14,053 deaths from the virus, as of the latest data from Thursday.

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