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COVID-19 situation in Michigan is ‘critical’ as cases and hospitalizations spike

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  • The state reported 11,783 new COVID-19 cases and 235 deaths Friday, pushing the overall fatality rate over the course of the pandemic to more than 25,000.
  • Health officials said 4,502 adults were hospitalized as of Friday.
  • “The situation in our state is critical right now. Cases are surging, hospitals are full and we have a new variant,” Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive, said Friday.

Health officials in Michigan say the COVID-19 situation in the state is “critical” as infections and hospitalizations have hit record highs during a fourth wave of the virus. 

The state reported 11,783 new COVID-19 cases and 235 deaths Friday, pushing the overall fatality rate over the course of the pandemic to more than 25,000. Michigan has reported 43,758 new cases and 713 deaths over the past seven days, according to The Detroit News

Health officials said 4,502 adults were hospitalized as of Friday, a pandemic record for hospitalizations, with COVID-19 patients making up more than 20 percent of all people hospitalized in the state. Most of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

“The situation in our state is critical right now. Cases are surging, hospitals are full and we have a new variant,” Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive, said Friday, according to the Detroit Free Press


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“I strongly urge all Michiganders to…get vaccinated, get boosted, to wear a well-fitting mask whenever you are in indoor public settings…and get tested if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19; get tested if you feel you may have been exposed; get tested before any unmasked gatherings. We’re really at a critical place in this pandemic and it’s really time for everyone to do their part,” Bagdasarian said. 

Michigan’s first known case of the omicron variant was confirmed Thursday, raising concerns about the possibility the strain could exacerbate the outbreak. 

Researchers are still working to learn key details about the strain, such as how easily it spreads, whether it causes more severe disease and how well vaccines protect against it. 

Cases are also increasing nationwide. The current seven day average of daily new cases was 118,515, an increase of more than 37 percent from the previous week.


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