LANSING, MI — Michigan’s state health department recorded 3,896 new coronavirus cases and 187 more deaths Saturday, Dec. 19.
Of those 187 deaths, 155 were identified during a Vital Records review, stated the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or MDHHS.
This marks the first time in more than six weeks the number of new daily cases has been below 4,000. The last time was Nov. 6, when 3,763 new cases were reported.
The state has averaged 4,010 new COVID-19 cases and 114 new deaths per day between Dec. 13 and Dec. 19. This is a decline from 5,106 new cases and 115 deaths from the prior seven-day span, according to data from the MDHHS.
(The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of new confirmed coronavirus cases. You can put your cursor over a bar to see the number. You also can click on the option just below the headline to see the actual number of new cases reported by day.)
Cases have been declining for 28 days, with downward trends across the state.
Statewide, Michigan has now had 458,852 confirmed cases of the virus, 11,462 of which have resulted in death. In addition, there are 37,204 probable cases and a further 613 deaths probably linked to COVID-19.
Deaths have plateaued but remain above 100 per day, which health officers expected due to the lagging nature of COVID-19 deaths, typically following a rise in cases by a few weeks. Daily deaths have remained above 100 for two weeks.
The MDHHS has not publicly updated figures for how many Michigan residents have received the Pfizer vaccine since Dec. 14, which still lists 2,708 administered doses as of Thursday, Dec. 17. In all, 84,825 vaccine doses have been distributed among 303 sites, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard.
(The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of deaths involving confirmed coronavirus cases. You can put your cursor over a bar to see the number. You also can click on the option just below the headline to see the actual number of new deaths reported by day.)
For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.