Michigan has 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in nation, 5th highest deaths

In the last week alone, the state amassed 48,757 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. (Shutterstock)

The spread of novel coronavirus is rampant in Michigan right now, making every trip to the grocery store, every visit to a loved one, a risky endeavor. 

The state now ranks sixth nationally in coronavirus cases and fifth for the number of COVID-19 related deaths, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, citing data from the last seven days

"We have the 10th highest hospitalization rate as percent of total beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and the sixth highest number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU (intensive care units)" in the nation, she said in a news conference Wednesday, detailing where the state stands with the pandemic.

In the last week alone, the state amassed 48,757 new confirmed cases — a number it took Michigan more than two months to reach at the start of the pandemic, state data show. It wasn't until mid-May before the state had accumulated that many confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

So far, 272,034 Michiganders have contracted the virus and 8,128 have died. 

Detroit Free Press, Bridge Michigan and Michigan Radio have teamed up to report on Michigan hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. If you work in a Michigan hospital, we would love to hear from you. You can contact Kristen Jordan Shamus at kshamus@freepress.com, Robin Erb at rerb@bridgemi.com or Kate Wells at Katwells@umich.edu.

Michigan's contact tracing system is "becoming overwhelmed" said Lyon-Callo, urging people to download the new MI COVID Alert app to get notifications of close contacts who've later tested positive for the virus. More than 280,000 people have already signed up. 

Only one-third of new coronavirus cases in the state said they were in quarantine prior to their diagnosis, which suggests, Lyon-Callo said, "when people are most infectious, they are unfortunately not in quarantine and can be infecting other people." 

The massive spike in new cases, means COVID-19 related hospitalizations are doubling every 2 1/2 to three weeks and deaths are also rising. 

"Cases and deaths are rising at all age groups, and among all racial and ethnic groups that we we record data for," Lyon-Callo said. 

"The mortality rate will continue to climb even if we bring case rates down now. Mortality rates tend to go up a couple weeks after ... the case rates have increased." 

There are 980 COVID-19 outbreaks under investigation, a 32% increase from the previous week, with the most in long-term care facilities, K-12 schools and sports, manufacturing and construction settings, college campuses, bars and restaurants and retail as well as social gatherings, she said. 

The grim statistics led public health officials to put in place sweeping new three-week restrictions statewide that took effect at midnight Wednesday and continue through Dec. 8. 

In-person classes at high schools and colleges statewide are suspended along with eat-in dining at restaurants and bars.

The new public health order includes the cancellation of organized sports and group exercise classes, though gyms may remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures, and professional and college athletics may continue. 

Casinos and movie theaters, indoor ice rinks, bowling alleys and bingo halls also will have to temporarily shut down, and all businesses are asked to allow employees to work from home if possible.

Gatherings inside homes are limited to two households at any time and health officials strongly urge families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks. 

"We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday in announcing the restrictions. "The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action because as the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors, the virus will spread, more people will get sick, and there will be more fatalities."

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Anti Maskers
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 10:44pm

All this thanks to the GOP legislature that sued to take responsibility for protecting us or, better stated, for letting us die. Don't even think of blaming the governor now. You good-for-nothing-lazy-asses own this now. Hope your God forgives you.

Shirkey, Chatfield and newest one LaFave:

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today introduced House Resolution 324 calling for the adoption of four articles of impeachment against Gov. Gretchen E. Whitmer, citing corrupt conduct and violating her oath of office.

GOP=Party of Death

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:13am

When do we begin to hear conversations about, how and why the virus is spreading?
When do we begin to hear about how the virus spreads [not speculation, best guesses by the 'experts'], but about if it is inhalation, absorption, what does kill the virus [does uv, does ozone, does chlorine or alcohol, etc.]?
When does the public begin to be part of the solution? When to the 'job experts', the cashier, those stocking the grocery shelves, those serving in the restaurants/bars, those working the gyms, those working the assembly lines, those moving other people's stuff, etc.?
When does the Governor, the medical experts, realize that this is about living and they begin asking those living in Michigan are knowledgeable about how they live and how the Governor's commands are proving effective in control the spread of the virus and it might be time to ask those that expected to implement Governor Whitmer's commands for their thoughts on how things are being done and how they could be made more effective?
Dr. Fauci is an 'expert' on the virus, but what does he understand of how and why the virus is spreading in the UP, what does he know about the practical side of living in Michigan? Does he know why the guy ahead of me in line at Meijer's is allowing his mask drop below covering his nose, of why the behind me is wearing polyester 'gator' for a mask, or the leaving the checkout is using his tee shirt pull up over his nose as a mask?
We need to hear more questions asked and answered, we need to hear why we are getting the same commands when the results are growing more disappointing.
Why can't there be some structured conversation that include a more diverse group of people, so see some new ideas and new ways to include the public in the planning and implementation of actions?
When do things get bad enough that media with a platform like opens a constructive conversation with readers to talk about their ideas for improving our protection from Covid 19 and beginning a return to norm life?
Where are the best performing communities and what are they doing different? North Michigan was doing so well early on, what we they doing and what is be done differently now?
Collectively, Michigan residents are wise, when to they become part of the conversation to improve our health conditions?

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 3:02pm

Duane, Fauci knows exactly why Covid is exponential in the country now. He warned us in the spring that deaths could be up to 250,000 by winter. It's been beaten to death what behaviors people must assume to keep the curve down. Covid happens in the UP the same way it happens everywhere - bars, restaurants, wineries and schools. Living nextdoor to another state with a numnuts legislature also created spread for us. Whitmer has done pretty much exactly what Vermont's Republican governor has done which is simply listen to Fauci and numbers of other competent immunologists. Let's compare that to one of the most careless of governors, Noem of South Dakota where 8,000 cases are occuring per 100,000 population. Vemont's Republican governor has followed science and they now have 145 cases per 100,000 - lowest in the country. AND unemployment is lower in Vt. now compared to SD which is really suffering now. If Michigan residents were as wise as you claim they are, we wouldn't be in this predicament. Oh yes, Vermont has a Democratic Senate and House who backed up their Republican governor and did what has to be done. We are stuck with our ignorant lot who preferred to hide in Trump's colon rather than caring for their citizens.

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 1:23am


If you are so sure they know that it is behavior then why haven't they effectively addressed the behavior, why haven't they done more about behavior then just keep saying the same thing, wear the mask, distance yourself?
Why aren't we hearing about applying Skinnerian pscyhology to modify behaviors? Why are we seeing more information about what we are suppose to be doing? Do you believe that all the masks that the Governor is accepting are equivalent in their effective protection, that we have heard a consistent measure on how people are infected, in how and when we should be handling the masks we wear, how we should clean where we quarantine do we don't recontamination ourselves when we go into self quarantine?
You may believe that Dr. Fauci and the Governor know all the answers, and the to prove it you believe if people from the other Party are touting the same lines that that proves the all know the answers. The why are the infections growing at a faster rate than ever while we continue doing what they have been telling us for months?

If you keep doing the same things because you believe that you are right and the results keep getting worse, you are either crazy or it is time to change what you are doing? Which is it, Dr. Fauci and the Governor know it all and we keep doing what they say or could it be the time we look for new ways to do what they are telling us?
It maybe easier for you to blame one person rather then questions what is being said by the 'experts', but that will not change anything. If you want to change the results we need to do things differently, we need to help people do things differently, we need to acknowledge what is being promoted is not as effective as it needs to be.

middle of the mit
Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:34am

When does society start second guessing it's actual elite? Ya know? The ones with all the money? The ones hiding behind their laptops? The ones that aren't suffering any income loss?

When do those who supposedly haven't put in the time, the effort or the ambition into bettering themselves get to be paid and have the same exhortations society bestows upon those who do those things?

When is society, and the greater cumulative mind of the Free Market going to reward everyone equally, just like everyones effort is rewarded equally?

When are empty platitudes going to be called out for what they are? Oh, they just were.

You want to know how Northern MI is doing? We are just as, if not more red than you. It's just now starting up here. And most of us don't know or don't care. But you can't see your doctor face to face. But you can get blood work and flu shots. Why are they hiding the doctors?

No expert has ever said that anything, social distancing, masks or anything is going to stop it. It is what we know at this time we should do to inhibit the spread, infect as few people as possible.

There is ONE side that has been vociferously opposed to doing anything about it.

Accept it.

And I would still back off huffing Lysol (tm), injecting bleach, and if you really want, I know Blade. we have a UVC bullet factory. WE have been on top of this from the start! Look us up on the dark web.

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 2:09am

Why do you expect life to be fair? When has it ever been fair? Why shouldn't life be a struggle, why should we always be earning what we want?
How do you define the 'elite'? Is it simply by having money? I am more concern about those who have control over our lives, our choices. Do you think Bill Gates controls you life how, he is giving all his money away? Do think Warren Buffet controls you life, he is giving all his money away, his children will only receive a matter of millions [I recall about 25 million] do think that is enough to be consider elite?
I am more concern when a woman in the IRS prevents a group from being recognized of the work they do simply because she doesn't like their politics.
How much time does it matter if what they do changes all of society? You seem to value more someone who drops out of school, parties most of the time, but works long hours at an unskilled job, and you expect them to be paid than what they are why? Why shouldn't those who have spent their life studying and learning things the rest of us have not tried to learn, have worked their mines hard to develop the vaccines against the Covid deserve to be paid significantly more than the poor guying physically working long hard hours? Why should you be the one who decides on who gets what?
Why should someone that is paid for the work they do, is thrifty with that pay, tasks the risk to invest their savings into businesses that provide products/service for others to buy not receive a return on their investment? Why should that guy working long hard hours who spends all his money on partying be given more money simply because that thrifty guy took a risk and has more money?
Why should we all receive the same amount of money when we are all providing the same amount of value? Who is doing more for the environment that person painting a sign and trooping down main street disrupting the work of others or that person developing a longer lasting solar cell, that took them 10 years of post high school sacrifice to gain the knowledge they are applying that will benefit the whole of society?
Why should society encourage people not to stay in school, not to sacrifice to learn, not use their talents, by paying them the same as those who do make the sacrifices and do use their talents to serve others? When do you accept that we have moved from a society based on leveraging physical strength and stamina to one that is based on leveraging knowledge and skills? Why should we be be paying people to keep living in the past rather than encouraging the to work in the future?
Why do you think we are the most abundant nation on earth, the most creative per capita, the most giving, why do you think our poor is much more wealth than the poor around the world?

You begin asking the right questions and then you fall back to quoting the fake news about bleach, Lysol. We should always be questioning, listening, and using our intellect to make smart choices.

middle of the mit
Fri, 11/27/2020 - 3:23am


This may surprise you, but you are the one that is asking for life to be fair to you. You are the one that wants All sectors involved.....during a Health crisis.....aren't ya?

I am simply using your talking points to show you why your ideas aren't being used. This is all conservative ideology. I just like to poke at them when they have to eat their own talking points. Especially when they are trying to act like a socialist while doing it. And I really like to poke the religious, because they are SUPPOSED to be the commies! That is what "from each according to their ability, to each according to their need" describes, isn't it? No one brags about what they own, for if some one is in need they sell whatever possessions they have and put the proceeds at the apostles feet? It's in the book of Acts of the Apostles. More than once!

See, you think Bernie, Obama and everyone on the left wants the government to make your shoes. I don't want that, and I don't think anyone does. Buuuuut, if the Government did make shoes............I would hope for the wealthys' sake (and everyones) they would be more like Skechers and less like Gucci or dollar store shoes. See, you tell us we will either get Gucci shoes at first, till it is no longer affordable, then we all get dollar store shoes. Where is the comfortable middle? OH! HEY! That's me! Not horrible for your feet or your posture or your work, but also not gauche or extravagant or unworthy for what they are needed! Unless we should all go back to nature, no civilization, no looking out for each other. Dog eat dog. Go bare foot. Is that the conservative ideal for those who can't afford shoes? It IS for Senate Leader Shirkey when it comes to roads.


You defined the elite as a small group of people that want to control the laws to force people into a system that benefits them. You think this is liberals. I know liberals are involved with conservatives to make sure the little guy doesn't have a chance. Look no further than the medical cannabis law. Conservatives got to make those law. All the talking about rules, regulations and burdensome fees and requirements? Go ahead duane. Do your own due diligence. Find out if the little guy has a chance after most of the board members and those on LARA didn't start consulting firms to guide people into the business. Does that sound like something the average person could afford? Randy Richardville said it: "We want to make sure anyone who gets into this business, is serious about it."

This is not to even mention the Religious Referendum laws that have been put into legislation, allowing people to discriminate against anyone they have a serious held belief against serving. Despite this Country having a Constitution that has NO respect to the establishment of religion...............and it being against what Jesus taught. That is part in parcel of why Jesus was crucified. He preached redemption for and forgiveness of sins and hung around with sinners. The problem? If you read the book, the biggest sinners were those who thought they were the best of the best. They followed ALL the rules. Rules you would........read Leviticus. You think wearing a mask and dealing with a deadly virus is "taking your liberty"? And they still failed looking out for those they were supposed to be looking out for. WHY? You tell me.


I give you the elite.

Don't talk to me about Warren Buffet. He wants higher taxes for his income bracket because his secretary PAYS A HIGHER TAX RATE than he does! And also, your side thinks George Soros pays me and whole host of people. I am still waiting for my check. I wasn't secretly working for a dummy holding company of the President.......was I?

LOSE the IRS dude! I know what your fraud is. TEA Party organization IS political! Besides. MORE liberal organizations were shut down, yet the liberal press, Faux news and Alex Jones ran with it! Don't be Alex Jones. Will he report on the NRA?

I have sympathy for those who have had a hard time duane, you do not. But you want those same peoples opinions to have the same weight as a virologist, an epidemiologist, a viral disease specialist. duane? I am the one now pushing meritocracy. But.....but...........middle is the socialist!!
He still doesn't want the worker at the Government shoe store to diagnose your heart problems!

You fail to understand. That wasn't a fake news quote. It was the current President of the United States asking health experts if you could use disinfectants, bleach, and the new wonderful uv hand wands in our body, BECAUSE IT WAS the first time he had ever heard about those things. AND because he had just been briefed on it. But he asked the questions. That IS NOT FAKE.

YOU yourself defended it, and still are. When are you going to Johns Hopkins or just Henry Ford and volunteer to have that UV light dialysis?
And you still have to ask yourself duane..............why are those who have EARNED the right to the best society has to offer...... hiding behind laptops? MAN UP. Answer that question
If it fails..............you know where to find the UVC bullet factory.
WE don't discriminate, no matter your problem. Please notate if you are looking for nightwalker "relief" or COVID "relief".

Those nightwalkers don't like the UVC either, but a full spectrum is the only way to stop them from getting you. You can trust us. This is hands on knowledge! Unlike those elite scientists. Book learned dummies. Liberal arts educations. No dealing with anything at all, when peoples lives are at stake! They won't even acknowledge the existence of nightwalkers! And I know! I have hands on knowledge! I have used steaks! The oak type, not the angus! Well, I've used the angus too to be honest. But they can't help in this situation, unless you are hungry. And it is better than you turning into an angus steak for a nightwalker! But a full spectrum UV bullet protects even better! (all popular calibers are in stock! Hand guns, shot guns and rifles. We ARE full service!) ADvertisment! /s

No fear sold hear! Understand.........Kevin Grand?

And why do I have to add a snark tag for hyperbole.........when conservative hyperbole is suppose to be taken as fact?

I am done pulling punches.

If you want to do this, will Bridge allow it? WE ALL just might be ABLE to put the CRAP to rest!

Let me make these people eat their own words. I will make those who want to make liberals cry.....................actually cry. If they are capable, otherwise? They will be searching their souls. And that is nothing but a good thing.

There are many things to give Thanks for this year. The deaths and literal apathy of those deaths is not one of them. If it was, the "first pilgrims" would've died with nothing in their wake.

Let's start looking out for eachother for ONCE In our lives.

middle of the mit
Sun, 11/29/2020 - 12:53am

You want to know the hoops this liberal STILL has to jump through? I literally can NOT tell you what the Christian Bible says in ACTS 4. Bridge won't print it.........will you. It's not a question, it's a statement......on YOUR part, not mine.

Why? Don't want to expose people for being fakes? But bi partisan ship! OHHH! I get it! I now have to prove that Liberals are what? Fascists?

But............I can do that too!!!! I call Northern MI : NM 60%+! Why? Because that is what it is. 60+% think that corporations are there to help you make a living, and then they leave. Or don't and end up destroying the environment or the ground water or the air or ALL the above.

WE have been told that illegals are stealing American jobs........but who did they steal those jobs from? YOUR FORMER employer? Did you not perform well enough doing your duties as an illegal? OR? Did your employer decide they could accept a little less for a lot less in pay? And still......the question persists...............did anyone steal anyones job? OR did the employer just give the job to the person they didn't have to have accountability to?

I want the rules to apply to everyone equally too!

Let's start with these people!

They are the ones GIVING YOUR JOBS TO ILLEGALS. They are the ones that own the jobs..................aren't they? And can anyone steal a job from an employer? If you know how to this.........it could be a lucrative industry!

This was no where even close to my original post...but duane gets to defend fake news, and then call everything he has been defending fake news...........because no one ever asked middle if he would consider UVC dialysis as a possible cure for Covid.


middle is STILL recommending you DO NOT do what duane recommends............and neither does duane................I can show you proof!!

Wm Laffrey
Sat, 11/21/2020 - 8:45pm


Thu, 11/19/2020 - 3:37am

And the suggestion that Detroit's "irregularities" were somehow an attempt to defraud Trump out of Detroit. That's hilarious! Trump lost Detroit in 2016 by a country mile, it wasn't even close. You know it. I know it. Anyone who looks up the 2016 knows it. There's nothing unusual about Donald Trump losing Detroit by a landslide.

This is all disgusting. I will never vote red again because of all this. This was the last straw. Anyone who has been a party to this doesn't need to be in politics. They need to be in a counselor's office. This would be the equivalent of a democrat in a Texas county claiming that Trump cheated to win that county. It's appalling to even suggest something like this.

Detroit votes blue against Trump in 2016... they did it again in 2020. Democrats never would have to "steal the vote" in Detroit. They already had it lol It's so stupid. I can't believe these are grown adults in any position of authority. Whoever this woman is, fire her.

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 6:42am

Congratulations to Whitmer, keep infecting and killing Michiganders with your policies

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:13pm

"......making every trip to the grocery store, every visit to a loved one, a risky endeavor."
Wait, what?!!! I thought if we wore masks and social distanced, we were pretty safe. Are you now saying we are still at significant risk during "every" visit to the grocery store even though we wear our masks and keep distanced from those around us (as required by law)? Kristen, do you have any data supporting this claim, that there are significant/any outbreaks linked to grocery stores?

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:38pm

If you go to the actual MI gov. website and download all the statistics, you can see there is a big difference between what the state is reporting and what the media is reporting. The media is reporting larger numbers than the state. In fact, there were less deaths in MI in Oct 2020 than in Oct 2019...and funny thing, deaths from cardio vascular/ copd/ diabetes/ flu are way down this year....hmmmmm

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 11:46pm

Bless her heart, Monica Palmer doesn't see the bigger picture. Trump's campaign is actively trying to disenfranchise black voters not only in Wayne County, but also in Milwaukee County, Philadelphia County and Fulton County. All four of these counties represent the most populous in each state with respect to the African American population. Coincidence? Not if you remember Birtherism and Charlottesville.