Michigan leads nation in COVID-19 cases after surge

Michigan now leads the country in COVID-19 cases per capita after the virus surged across the state over the last week. Over the past seven days the state has recorded over 360 cases per 100,000 residents.

The state recorded more than 9,200 cases on March 29, the highest total since the state saw a surge of cases following Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, the state recorded 6,257 cases. As of Wednesday morning, the 7-day rolling average of new cases per day stands at 5,362.

 

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In response to the surge in cases, Michigan will receive additional allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.

Cases come after some COVID-19 restrictions were made more lenient in recent weeks. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was regarded for setting strict restrictions early on in the pandemic last year, has said that she will not consider reinstating restrictions despite the surge in cases.

Initial lockdowns and other restrictions in Michigan were controversial in the state. Backlash to the lockdowns led to armed protests at the state capital in April 2020. Some men involved in the protests were later arrested by the FBI for their role in a plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer.

Last week, Gov. Whitmer vetoed a bill that would limit the emergency powers given to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. If the bill were to become law, the state of emergency declared by the agency could last a maximum of 28 days. The bill comes after the state supreme court struck down Whitmer’s emergency powers last year.