Today’s news conference comes as yesterday Michigan reported 1,992 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 99 additional related deaths.
Of the deaths announced Tuesday, 32 were discovered when public health workers went through the state’s death certificate database to find any that had not already been reported to the state. These checks happen three times per week.
While virus numbers are still high, Michigan continues to see key metrics improve. The average test positivity rate has been declining since early April, case rates for a month and the hospital inpatient census for three weeks. Health officals say case rates are down 60%, and hospitalizations are down 30% since the April peak.
Earlier this Michigan has hit its first COVID-19 vaccination milestone, with 55.02% of people over the age of 16 has gotten at least one dose. Under benchmarks set by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration, that means in 14 days, all sectors of work may return in person.
Whitmer Tweeted a video
statement congratulating Michigan on reaching the goal