Michigan's 'Pause to Save Lives' was announced in November. Here's where we stand now

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 10:14:02-05

(WXYZ) — The "Pause to Save Lives" announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon in November 2020 was aimed to mitigate rising cases of COVID-19.

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Two months later, here's where Michigan stands now.

The pause was announced on November 15, where Michigan had 734 cases per million. Now, Michigan stands at 177 cases per million, according to the MI Safe Start Map.

The pause was intended to last for three weeks - however, it was extended three times by state officials.

When restrictions were announced in November, Michigan was sixth in the nation for cases according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker. Now, Michigan is fourth.

Additionally, Gordon said the number of hospital beds filled with COVID patients peaked near 20%. Now, that number is around 10%.

Gordon also said Michigan's daily reported deaths peaked at 125 per day, below projections. Now, the state is averaging 75 deaths per day, and that number is falling.

Michigan reported 10 deaths per day over two days, the lowest totals in three months, Gordon said.

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