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WATCH: MDHHS provides update on COVID-19 data trends

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 11:45:10-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provided an update Wednesday morning on COVID-19 data trends in the state.

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Michigan has flattened its hospitalization rate and is seeing a declining case rate, but testing has also dropped, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, an epidemiologist at MDHHS.

Test positivity appears to be at a plateau, but testing is expected to increase after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The current number of deaths and the daily case rate are still five times higher than what the state was experiencing in October.

Eighty-five outbreaks are associated with pre-K through elementary schools and 96 are associated with high schools.

The state is only able to contact trace and investigate a low percentage of cases because of the sheer volume. However, a higher percentage of cases were investigated this week compared to last week.

MDHHS also provided data on racial disparities in regard to COVID-19, as well as links to studies on cases tied to indoor dining at restaurants.