Today, Michigan has reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

Michigan has removed almost all of its COVID-19 restrictions since the Michigan Supreme Court overturned Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders, and this was before the most recent surge.  The increase in cases hasn't been directly linked to anything specific, but with almost all of the economy as well as the schools having reopened, it should be expected that cases would have risen.

The good news about the current surge is that hospitalizations have not risen significantly in the past several weeks, but this can change very quickly as hospitalizations typically lag slightly behind positive cases.  Another thing to note about hospitalizations is that despite not currently surgining, they are still about 3 times higher than about a month ago with a little over 1,200 adults hospitalized for COVID-19 as of today.  To put this in context, at the beginning of the pandemic, there were over 1,000 COVID-19 patients in the Henry Ford Hospital Network in Metro Detroit.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has also reported that as of Monday, October 19th, 120 schools in the state have reported ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.

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