(Sunday - January 31, 2021) - While the number of Covid-19 cases in Michigan has risen dramatically since the holidays, the most recent report shows new infections leveling off, and in many cases, declining.

State health officials caution that while the current statistics are favorable, this is no time to let down our guard, as carelessness could spark a new spike in cases.

Here are the latest statistics for Michigan:

While the state has seen a decrease in cases, 17 of the state's hospitals are at 90% capacity.

Michigan's restaurants will be permitted to reopen for inside dining beginnin tomorrow (Monday), at 25% capacity. However, for weeks, some restaurants have remained open for indoor dining with limited enforcement of mask use or social distancing, in part because law enforcement officials support them and some residents are willing to drive long hours just to publicize their rebuke of Governor Whitmer.

Locally, Dickinson County appears to have done a good job of containing the virus, with only one death reported in the new year. In fact, Dickinson County's reported deaths decreased by one, from 55 to 54. Dickinson County Memorial Hospital reports that it is not currently treating any Covid-19 patients.

Nine other Upper Peninsula counties have shown increases in the New year, the most new cases (six) being reported in Iron County. Iron County has now recorded 38 deaths.

Other counties showing increases:

Baraga - two new cases, total 11
Delta - three new cases - total 63
Dickinson - one less case - total 54
Gogebic - one new case - total 17
Houghton - four new cases - total 31
Iron - six new cases - total 38
Marquette - two new cases - total 53
Menominee - three new cases - total 33
Ontonagon - two new cases - total 17
Schoolcraft - 1 new case - total four

Wisconsin is now seeing a leveling off of new cases, though health officials are concerned that the overturn of Governor Evers mask mandate could have an adverse effect on the State's numbers.

To date Wisconsin has recorded more than 591,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, resulting in 6,433 deaths.

Reported deaths in nearby Wisconsin Counties:

Florence County - 12
Forest County - 25
Marinette County - 62

Michigan health officials are asking that all Michiganders do their part to keep this trend moving in the right direction. That means following CDC guidelines on the wearing of masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene. This is especially true since there are new variants of the Covid-19 virus developing, and health officials are unsure of their impact.

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