Michigan Health Officials Report 7,819 New Coronavirus Cases, 73 Deaths
Michigan health officials are reporting 7,819 new cases of the coronavirus and 73 additional COVID-19 deaths.
Nearly 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state.
The CDC says a more infectious COVID variant, first identified in England, is now the most common strain in the U.S.
That could explain why the rate of new cases is holding steady at about 64,000 per day.
Some states in the upper Midwest, including Michigan, are seeing increased cases and hospitalizations.
More cases are being reported among young Americans.
Nearly half of U.S. adults have received one or two doses of the vaccine and many states are expanding eligibility coinciding with President Biden’s April 19 deadline.
The Michigan State Health Department is hoping to slow the spread by partnering with universities and colleges to expand vaccination sites.
This includes Ferris State and Central Michigan Universities.
Note on deaths (04/08/21): Regular reviews of death certificate data maintained in Vital Records reporting systems are conducted by MDHHS staff three times per week.