Michigan reports 4,698 new COVID-19 cases, 121 deaths

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-24 15:32:25-04

(WXYZ) — There have been 819,320 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17,289 deaths in Michigan, the state reported Saturday.

That's up 4,698 cases and 121 deaths from the day before, according to new information from the state. Ninety-one of the newly reported deaths were discovered during a vital records review.

The state also lists a cumulative total of 626,254 recoveries.

The state's positivity rate is on the decline and hospitalizations are also down. Latest numbers from the CDC show the 7-day average for new cases has dropped by 12.5%.

Variants remain a huge concern, even as the vaccine rollout continues. Wednesday also marked the first time in nine days the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped below 4,000.

As of now, 23 hospitals in the state are at 90% capacity or more for COVID-19 patients, down from 35 hospitals on Monday.

“The UK variant is still playing a big role," Beaumont Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Justin Skrzynski said.

The state's 7-day average for new cases is down to 483 per 100,000 people, a 12.5% drop since last week. The positivity rate from tests is also down to 13.4%. It was 15.5% last week.

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