Michigan COVID-19 Cases Trending Up

Mar 18, 2021

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun
Credit Photo provided by the State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had the country’s fifth-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last week and is among 14 states where infections rose over the past two weeks. It's a trend state health officials say is potentially tied to the increasing prevalence of a more contagious coronavirus variant. One in every 602 people was diagnosed in the past week. Michigan had the country’s 10th-highest per-capita case rate over the last 14 days. Chief medical executive Joneigh Khaldun says Michigan is in a “different place” than earlier in the pandemic because of vaccinations but warns herd immunity is in the distance.