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    Michigan exceeds 20,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases continue to rise


    Michigan exceeded 20,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Friday as officials announced the state added 3,127 new cases and 29 deaths, including totals from Thursday. 

    The figures bring Michigan’s total number of confirmed cases to 919,133 and deaths to 20,011 since the virus was first detected in March 2020, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The state averaged more than 1,563 cases per day over those two days.

    So far this week, the state has added 8,633 cases and 61 deaths from the virus.

    Last week, the state has added 6,567 cases and 30 deaths, marking the fifth straight increase in weekly case totals.

    The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set Nov. 15-21. The second highest weekly total was 47,316 Nov. 22-28.

    The weekly record of 808 deaths was recorded in mid-December.

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions on June 22 after earlier rolling back many others, including indoor and outdoor capacity limitations.

    The United States this week reached President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults with at least one vaccine dose — a month later than hoped. Through Wednesday, 64.4% of Michigan residents 16 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 54.5% of Michigan residents 12 years and older are fully vaccinated.



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