LANSING, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — Michigan on Wednesday recorded all-time high COVID-19 case counts, reporting nearly 13,000 a day — almost a third more than the peak set more than a year ago.
The two-day average was 12,929, some 3,100 infections above the nearly 9,800 from a single day in November 2020. The explosive growth came as the state already grapples with a fourth, monthslong surge in which coronavirus hospitalizations, while lower from recent record peaks, remain high. The death toll surpassed 29,000 and continues to mount, averaging over 100 per day, like a year ago when vaccines were first being made available.
New cases of COVID-19 also have soared nationally, to their highest level on record, at 265,000 a day amid the arrival of the highly contagious omicron variant.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week that Michigan was in for a "tough" four to six weeks. She urged people to get vaccinated and, if eligible, a booster shot. Those who plan on traveling for the holidays or attending an indoor gathering should get tested before and stay home if they are sick, she said.
On Thursday, a fourth military medical team deployed to Michigan will begin treating patients at Mercy Health's hospital in Muskegon.
Case rates this past week were highest among 30- to 39-year-olds, the state health department said in a report.
Earlier this month, officials said the state set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations and led the nation in per capita case rates.
Hospitalizations began to dip a week later; however, health leaders continued to urge vaccinations while describing a dire situation inside hospitals.
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