LANSING, Mich. — Michigan reported 715 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 19 additional deaths. Those 19 deaths include 14 of which were identified through a regular vital records review.
The total number of cases is now 80,887 and the total number of deaths is at 6,191 since the pandemic began. That doesn't include another 8,894 possible cases and 252 possible deaths.
Cases are continuing to rise in Michigan and across the country, especially among young people. In the past three weeks, cases among the ages of 0-19 have nearly doubled.
On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded the closure of indoor bars to the Traverse City area and Upper Peninsula. She also reduced the number of people allowed in indoor gatherings to 10. The outdoor gathering limits remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8, with a 100 person limit for the rest of the state.
“As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to save lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our health care system while we continue to combat COVID-19,” Whitmer said in a statement. “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy. By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”
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