(Sunday - April 04, 2021) - After having retreated for several days, the Covid-19 positivity rate in the State is once again surging, causing new and increased concern among health officials.

On Saturday, Michigan recorded 8,413 new cases of Covid-19, and an additional 57 deaths. These figures are the highest recorded since early December of last year.

There have been a total of just under 700,000 confirmed cases of Covid in the State, resulting in 16,218 deaths.

Friday's positivity rate among all tested citizens was 17.62%, among the highest numbers recorded since the start of the Pandemic. This represents 8,512 positive results out of the 48,307 tests conducted.

Variants also raising concerns

The Covid variants are also raising new concerns. As of Friday, the State had recorded 1,542 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first detected in the U.K. Cases of other variants; the South African B.1.351 and the California variants B.1.427 and B.1.429 account for 16 new infections in the State.

Vaccine effort continues to scale up

As of the latest reporting date, which was last Thursday, Michigan has delivered a total of 94,249 doses of the anti-Covid vaccine. The seven-day rolling average for doses administered has risen to 77,422, dramatically above the 50,000 dose per day goal set earlier by Governor Whitmer. The Governor has now revised her expectations, increasing the daily vaccination goal to 100,000. Ar present, 21.6% of the State's residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated.

Michigan's fatality rate among all Covid victims currently stands at 2.3%.

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