MICHIGAN — The three-day total of new COVID-19 cases includes New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Saturday January 2nd.
Confirmed cases increased by 8,983 over the holiday, bringing the state's total to 497,127 cases. As of Saturday, 265 people died of the virus bringing the state's death-toll to 12,598. The state reports 211 deaths were found during a Vital Records review.
According to cumulative data presented on Michigan.Gov/Coronavirus, November's spike in confirmed and probable cases is trending downwards.
While cases in patients ages 20-29 holds steady as the most effected group, death rates rise significantly with age.
The percentage of positive cases has seemingly decreased since the pandemic hit the state last March, it is important to remember the shortage of testing supplies in the beginning of 2020 meant only the highest-risk patients with the most severe symptoms were being tested, and only in the event that confirmation of a diagnosis was needed. The percentage testing positive at the end of the year accounts for testing available for anyone at any time.
For more information on the state's reporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths visit Michigan.Gov/Coronavirus and scroll down to the interactive map, or go to the Michigan State Police COVID-19 Summary Dashboard.