Michigan Covid Numbers, Hospitalizations Decline; State May Have Dodged Thanksgiving Surge

December 15, 2020, 1:47 PM

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun (Photo: State of Michigan)

New Covid cases in Michigan, while still arlarmingly high, have been trending down across the state in the past 22 days, Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, the state's top doctor said Tuesday.  

She said hospitalizations are also down, with 18.5 percent of hospital beds in the state having Covid patients. 

"All of this means that we are cautiously optimistic that there was not a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases," she said at a press conference. "That means many Michiganders did their part in keeping the spread of the virus down over the Thanksgiving holiday. We showed that we care about ourlsives, our families and our community. Let's keep doing that. "

With all that said, the doctor warned that Covid numbers remain frighteningly high. 

"We can't forget that our case rates remain alarmingly high, and our percent of tests that are positive is still four times what it was in the beginning of September. Now is not the time to let our guard down."

As more people get vaccinated, she said, "there will be an end to this pandemic."

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