Covid cases in Michigan continued to climb at an alarming rate, averaging 8,990 new cases per day for Thursday and Friday. The state recorded 128 deaths over the two days, 71 of which were identified during vital records searches.
The seven-day average for daily cases was 7,654 on Friday. The last seven days have marked the state's largest increase in cases over a seven-day period since the pandemic began.
Michigan now leads the country in cases per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state now averages 77 new cases daily for every 100,000 people, up from 44 a week ago.
The state’s hospitals are treating 3,661 patients for confirmed or suspected Covid, up 239 from Wednesday and 746 from last Friday -- a 26-percent jump this week, Bridge Michigan reports.
Hospitals in Southeast Michigan had 1,669 adult Covid patients as of Friday in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and three other counties.
The fourth wave started here in August and grew slowly as the virus pummeled other states. To date, Michigan has recorded 1,242,253 cases and 23,232 deaths. As of Nov. 10, 1,048,073 infected people were classified as recovered.
"The numbers look pretty terrible," Dr. Dennis Cunningham, systems medical director for infection prevention for Ford Health System, tells Deadline Detroit. "I think over the next month we're going to continue to have more cases. I don't see this getting better for at least another month."
The new data is releasd on the day the Food and Drug Administration approved booster vaccines for people 18 and over and Michigan issued a public health advisory suggesting people wear masks indoors.