Sign of hope? Michigan Covid case average dips for first time in months

November 29, 2020, 9:56 AM

(Graphic: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services)

Michigan's weekly Covid case average has dipped slightly for the first time since it began steadily climbing in September, Crain's reports, in a possible sign residents have begun to heed warnings with the state in the midst of a second surge.

The 47,316 new cases of the virus reported to the state health department over the past seven days represents the first week-over-week decline in cases since the week ending Sept. 19, a Crain's analysis shows.

This past week's total case count is the second highest week-long total number of new cases and more than double the number of positive cases of COVID-19 the state of Michigan reported for the entire month of September.

The 50,892 cases reported in the week ending on Nov. 20 is the highest weekly total number of positive cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The official count of Covid-19 cases is typically about two weeks behind what's happening on the ground, health officials have said. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state health department announced a shutdown of some businesses and in-person learning two weeks ago, and before that began urging residents to follow existing social distancing guidelines with hospitals filling up. Many public school districts, including Detroit's, ended in-person learning on their own earlier this month.

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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