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Michigan reports average of more than 6,500 new COVID-19 cases per day over holiday weekend

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From Thursday to Monday, the state says it confirmed 32,957 new cases of COVID-19. That works out to an average of 6,591 cases per day statewide — not far off from the daily averages about a week ago.

Other states, such as New York and Florida, have seen cases skyrocket, along with the appearance of the new omicron variant of the virus. Michigan’s cases and hospitalizations peaked in early December and had been declining.

About 3,629 hundred people in Michigan were hospitalized with COVID-19, the state health department said Monday. That’s lower than a peak set earlier this month, but it's only a slight decline from the 3,700 reported last Wednesday. The numbers released Monday would not yet reflect new infections from holiday gatherings.

Overall, 78% of Michigan’s hospital beds were occupied Monday, the health department said.

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Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.