On Tuesday, the state noticed some 2,048 newly confirmed instances of COVID-19, with the vast majority of counties within the state reporting new instances, in line with official knowledge. To date, Michigan has recorded greater than 676,000 instances of the novel illness and a few 16,805 deaths, with 27 new deaths recorded on Tuesday alone.
The state’s positivity fee is round 8.6%, the very best since early January, knowledge exhibits.
As for the state’s vaccination effort, simply over 2 million individuals within the state have been vaccinated, with some 3.1 million doses administered so far. For context, the state’s complete inhabitants is round 8 million, per state well being estimates.
In an effort to vaccinate as many individuals within the state as potential, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officers introduced final week that the state is increasing vaccination eligibility for state residents 16 and older with disabilities or underlying medical situations that put them at excessive threat for extreme outcomes ought to they contract COVID-19. This group is eligible beginning March 22. The transfer is an effort to assist the state attain its aim of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 years of age and older.
Then, beginning April 5, all state residents over the age of 16 will develop into eligible for the vaccine, officers stated in a information launch. The transfer is available in response to President Joe Biden’s directive that every one adults needs to be eligible for the vaccine by May 1.
“The secure COVID-19 vaccine is the simplest method to shield you, your loved ones and others from the virus,” stated Gov. Whitmer, in an announcement. “It will assist the nation get again to regular and assist the financial system. Nearly 1 million Michiganders of all races have already been safely vaccinated. I urge all eligible Michiganders to get one of many three COVID-19 vaccines. It is crucial to getting our nation again to regular in order that we will all hug our households, get again to work, go to eating places, ship our youngsters to highschool, play sports activities and get collectively once more. And as all the time: masks up, follow secure social distancing and keep away from giant indoor gatherings the place COVID-19 can simply unfold from individual to individual. We will remove this virus collectively.”
Overall, greater than 72 million Americans have obtained no less than one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, whereas greater than 39 million are thought of absolutely vaccinated, per estimates from the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention (CDC).