Covid cases and hospitalizations climb again in Michigan

June 24, 2020, 4:27 PM

Covid cases are trending up in Michigan for the first time since April, the latest health department data shows.

Hospitalizations ticked up slightly over the weekend, according to data compiled by WDIV, and the state reported an increase of more than 300 new cases Wednesday. Daily new cases have steadily climbed in recent days from a low point of less than 200.

Still, hospitalizations remain very low compared to spring. Just 16 people are hospitalized across Henry Ford Health System's five hospitals, for example.

(Chart: WDIV)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday the lower part of the state was not ready to move into Phase 5 of her re-opening plan. That's the "containing" stage in which outbreaks can be quickly localized and theaters, gyms, hair salons and other personal services facilities can reopen. Whitmer has already allowed the latter to resume business as long they adhere to specific guidelines.

Whitmer said she may further ease restrictions by July 4.

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