Michigan Officials Report 17,162 New COVID-19 Cases, 172 Deaths
Michigan health officials are reporting 17,162 new cases of the coronavirus and 172 additional COVID-19 deaths since Wednesday. Of the 172 deaths announced Friday, 108 were identified during a vital records review.
The average number of cases over the two days, Thursday and Friday, is 8,581 per day.
Michigan has now had 341,941 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 8,933 COVID-19 deaths.
Due to Thanksgiving, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services did not publish COVID-19 data on Thursday.
Wednesday the state was at 324,779 confirmed cases with 8,761 deaths.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers are updated every Saturday.
As of November 20, 152,267 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.
The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).
Thousands of hard-hit businesses are banking on a big day as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season.
But with new restrictions in many states, this year’s Black Friday is sure to look very different.
Many retailers have taken it upon themselves to operate differently, limiting the number of shoppers, offering curbside service, and some are selling merchandise entirely online.
But there is some good news for stores-despite the pandemic’s financial strain on millions of families, holiday retail sales are expected to grow as much as 5%. And online spending could jump by a whopping 30%.
Matthew Shay, with the National Retail Federation, says “Black Friday will be different…Based on our research, more than 45% of consumers have indicated that they started their holiday shopping earlier than ever.”
Several states are cracking down on mask wearing. Connecticut’s governor says any Black Friday shoppers not wearing a mask will face a $100 fine and retailers will face a $10,000 fine.
With the pandemic reaching peak levels in the U.S., 2020’s Thanksgiving had a very different feel than most.
Now hospitals and health experts are preparing for a possible surge of cases following holiday travel.
The weekly average number of cases in the U.S. hit the highest on record Wednesday, just one day before Thanksgiving.
Millions around the country traveled despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging people to stay at home.
Now hospitals are getting ready for a wave of patients following people’s Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday.
About 90,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
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