Michigan reports 8,574 cases of COVID-19, 61 deaths

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 14:59:14-04

(WXYZ) — There have been 793,881 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 16,901 deaths, the state reported Monday.

That's up 8,574 cases and 61 deaths from the last report on Saturday. The two day report averages out to 4,287 cases per day.

Michigan's coronavirus case rate has been one of the worst in the nation.

According to The New York Times, Michigan has nine of the top 10 metro areas in the country with the greatest number of new COVID-19 cases. Owosso, Jackson, Flint, Detroit, and Bay City are in the top five.

However, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sounded a note of optimism on Sunday, saying that Michigan could be seeing a drop in infections.

She tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” cases could be beginning to slow down. She didn’t discuss specific data.

Health officials said Friday that the seven-day average positivity rate had dropped in recent days to 17.1%, but remained above a December peak of 14.4%.

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