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COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high in Michigan

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COVID-19 hospitalizations

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defends her administration's decision not to implement any COVID-19 mandates to prevent the illness from spreading over Thanksgiving.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s number of hospitalized adults with confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached a new pandemic high, near 4,200, as the state continues to confront surging infections.

The total of 4,181 surpassed the previous record of 4,158, which was set seven months ago during the state’s third wave.

Michigan reports a continued high in the daily average of COVID-19 cases

Only Minnesota had a higher seven-case case rate than Michigan as of Sunday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Daily COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Michigan since the summer.

An average of 110 new cases were reported each day the week of June 28. Now, the state's seven-day average for new daily cases is above 8,000.

Feds are sending doctors and nurses to Michigan as COVID-19 cases rise

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the lack of additional mandates from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, pointing to the availability of coronavirus vaccines this holiday season.

She said a majority of infections in Michigan are affecting unvaccinated people.

State health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and to wear masks in public settings to limit the spread of the coronavirus amid the fourth surge.