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Michigan reports 1,825 new COVID-19 cases, 122 deaths

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Posted at 3:39 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 15:39:02-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan health officials have confirmed 1,825 new cases of the coronavirus in the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports an additional 122 deaths connected to COVID-19 on Saturday, May 8.

83 of those deaths are from a Vital Records review.

There are now 862,633 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18,206 total deaths in Michigan.

As of May 8, 660,124 have recovered from the virus.

9,816,695 COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed throughout the state, and 7,292,394 have been administered as of May 6.

51.5% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The mask mandate has been lifted on outdoor gatherings of 100 people or less, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 4.

Under the new order, which goes into effect May 6 and stays in effect through the month of May, masks are generally not required outdoors unless a gathering has 100 or more people.

In addition, anyone who is fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms is not required to wear a mask at residential gatherings, including indoors.

Masks continue to be required for contact sports but are no longer required outdoors during active practice and competition for non-contact sports.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan on April 29, outlining vaccination metrics the state will use to further relax pandemic restrictions.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will use four vaccination-based milestones to make decisions for future epidemic order actions.

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Two weeks after 55% of Michiganders have received at least their first dose:

  • in-person work will again be allowed for all sectors of business.

Then, two weeks after 60% of Michiganders have gotten at least their first dose, the state will:

  • increase indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%
  • increase indoor capacity at conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes to 25%
  • increase capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%
  • lift the curfew on restaurants and bars

At 65% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

  • lift all indoor capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties
  • further relax limits on residential social gatherings

At 70% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

  • lift the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer use broad mitigation measures unless unexpected circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

On April 16, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended its Gathering and Mask order through May 24.

As of April 26, children ages 2 to 4 must make a good-faith effort to wear a mask when at a childcare facility or camp.


More information and resources on the coronavirus pandemic

Find the latest numbers on case numbers and deaths through Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker.

Complete coverage of the pandemic is available on our coronavirus section.

Resources for individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits are the focus of our Rebound: West Michigan coverage.

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