Michigan reports 5,157 more COVID-19 cases, 61 more deaths on Friday

On Friday, December 11, 2020, the state of Michigan reported 5,157 new COVID-19 cases and 61 more deaths linked to the virus.

The totals in the state since the start of the pandemic are now at 426,294 cases and 10,456 deaths. 

You can see case rates and deaths from the weeks prior below. 


On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the pause would be extended another 12 days to Dec. 20. She extended the pause for another 12 days Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Dr. Robert Gordon explained what it would take to reopen businesses at the end of those 12 days. 

The state's medical director, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said any increase in cases from Thanksgiving travel and gatherings isn't expected to be reflective in the daily case rates until 2-3 weeks later. 

If you did travel, Dr. Khaldun says to try and make sure you're staying away from others as much as possible for 14 days, and to keep in touch with anyone you interacted with on your travels so you know if they start showing symptoms. If you believe you've been exposed, begin isolating immediately.


Gov. Whitmer urged Michigan residents to stay home this Christmas, saying that if we want to gather in 2021, as we did in 2019, we should spend 2020 at home.

"No matter what we show in the next 12 days, I am discouraging people from gathering for Christmas. It doesn't mean we cancel Christmas, it means we celebrate in a responsible way and we make our plan, now," Whitmer said. "If our numbers come down a good amount, it still doesn't mean COVID is gone by Christmas."

Whitmer said people should find ways to be together in spirit.

Beginning Nov. 18 at 12:01 a.m., indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, and small outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people. The order will last until Dec. 9. Among Michigan's record-increase in new cases, health officials like Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said crowds of small and medium sizes were among the primary factors driving the spike.

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Dr. Khaldun said we can all take steps to make the case rate in the state better.

"The thing is, this is preventable," Khaldun said. "That is what gives me hope. There are concrete things we can do it."

Both urged that holiday plans should look different this year and urged Michiganders not to gather for Thanksgiving with people outside of their own households. If it must be done, masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing while indoors is strongly recommended. 


As of December 10, the overall case rate in Michigan is at 514 cases per million people per day. Dr. Khaldun said the case rate has been declining for the past 19 days in all regions. 

Also as of Dec. 10, the percent positive is around 14% and has been fluctuating up and down for the past few weeks.  Dr. Khaldun has said a percent positive rate below 3% indicates community spread isn't happening. 

Testing is also decreasing, which is concerning to health officials. Dr. Khaldun said this week about 56,500 tests were being done each day compared to around 59,000 tests each day the previous week.


Dr. Khaldun said on Dec. 1 that contact tracing is at the highest it's been during the pandemic. Healthcare workers are able to do outreach to about 3,000 positive new cases a day - but with several straight weeks of more than 5,000 new cases per day, the system still cannot keep up. 

Michigan officials also recently rolled out the MI COVID Alert app to help notify of possible exposure and with contact tracing. 

Authorities are still urging everyone to answer their phones if you get a call from the health department. Text messages are also now being sent in advance of the incoming call. 

Meanwhile, everyone is also still reminded to keep doing the basics to stay healthy - wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance from other people.


On Monday, Sept. 14, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services started tracking outbreaks in schools across the entire state.

Using data from 45 health departments, the updates will be released every Monday at 3 p.m. and will include K-12, college and universities, number of cases, and if the cases involved staff, students, or both. It does not include cases where the virus was contracted from outside of the school.

You can read about the latest outbreak data in schools here


  • Thursday, Dec. 10 - 5,937 cases, 182 (132 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 - 4,905 cases, 75 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 - 5,909 cases, 191 deaths (79 from vital records review)
  • Monday, Dec. 7 - 9,350 cases, 93 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports cases on Sundays
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 - 7,146 new cases, 175 deaths (112 from vital records review) 
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 - 6,955 new cases, 81 deaths
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 - 5,793 cases, 190 deaths (30 deaths from vital records review) 
  • Monday, Nov. 30 - 10,428 cases, 98 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports cases on Sundays
  • Saturday, Nov. 28 - 8,080 cases, 103 deaths (70 deaths from a vital records review)
  • Thursday & Friday Nov. 26-27 - 17,162 172 deaths
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 4,273 cases, 73 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 6,290 cases, 145 deaths (51 from vital records review)
  • Monday, Nov. 23 - 11,511 cases, 65 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports cases on Sundays
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 - 7,528 cases, 101 deaths (59 from vital records review) 
  • Friday, Nov. 20 - 9,779 cases, 53 deaths
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 -  7,592 cases, 134 deaths (61 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 5,772 cases and 62 deaths
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 - 7,458 cases, 79 deaths (24 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Nov. 16 - 12,763, 55 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports cases on Sundays
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 -  7,072 cases, 65 deaths (36 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Nov. 13 - 8,516 cases, 118 deaths (83 from a review of vital records)
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 - 6,940 cases, 45 deaths
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 - 6,008 cases, 42 deaths 
  • Tuesday, November 10 - 6,473 cases, 84 deaths (25 from vital records review) 
  • Monday, November 9 - 9,010 cases, 62 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports cases on Sundays
  • Saturday, November 7 - 6,225 cases, 65 deaths