Michigan reports 4,698 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, 30 deaths

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, the state of Michigan reported 4,698 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 121 deaths linked to the virus. The deaths announced today include 91 deaths identified during a Vital Records review.

This brings the state total to 819,320 cases and 17,289 deaths.

The state of Michigan's vaccine dashboard reports that more than 6.2 million vaccine doses have been administered with over 2.5 million residents fully vaccinated in the state.

The governor's office is urging people to maintain masks and social distancing until 70% of the population is vaccinated. 

Restrictions extended

 Restrictions on gathering sizes and how many people can be in an establishment at a time have been extended in Michigan.

The COVID-19 restrictions limiting how many people can gather, dine at restaurants, and visit stadiums at a time were set to expire Monday. That order has now been extended through May 24.

The extension also strengthens mask mandates for children. Children between the ages of 2-4 must now wear masks.

Johnson & Johnson vaccines paused

Michigan is following guidance from the CDC and FDA about pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 people out of almost 7 million have had blood clots following the vaccine.

"More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S., and these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are following recommendations from FDA and CDC and pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Michigan," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "As we learn more about this from our federal partners, we will update vaccine providers and Michiganders across the state. We encourage everyone to continue making appointments to be vaccinated with the safe and effective Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at this time. These vaccines are the way we are going to end this pandemic as quickly as possible and move toward a sense of normalcy."

According to an MDHHS spokesperson, none of the six cases are Michigan residents.

Doctors say the clotting is extremely rare and unlikely to affect a large amount of people but the pause is necessary to determine if the vaccine and the clotting are linked.

CDC head warns against surging COVID vaccines to Michigan, says shutdown needed 

A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says surging vaccines to Michigan would not help the hard-hit state control the latest COVID-19 wave that has strained its hospitals and is raising concerns nationwide because vaccines take two to six weeks to confer protection.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters during a White House coronavirus briefing Monday that the answer in a crisis situation such as Michigan is facing is to go back to virus control basics.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine near you

There are currently three different vaccines that have been approved by the FDA: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The three vaccines do not guarantee you won't be sick but all three have high efficacy rates in preventing serious illness and decrease the chances of hospitalization if you do get ill with COVID-19.

Simply putting your name on the county list is one way to get a vaccine, eventually, but there are ways you can be proactive to find a vaccine faster.

Contact tracing

Michigan officials are also urging people to download 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.

PREVIOUS DAILY COVID-19 CASE COUNTS AND DEATHS

  • Friday, April 23 -- 5,031 cases, 29 deaths
  • Thursday, April 22 -- 4,867 cases, 108 deaths (75 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, April 21 - 5,584 cases, 45 deaths
  • Tuesday, April 20 -- 5,259 cases, 85 deaths (33 from vital records review)
  • Monday, April 19 - 8,574 cases, 61 over two days
  • Saturday, April 17 - 5,530 cases 69 deaths (60 from vital records review)
  • Friday, April 16 - 8,995 cases, 40 deaths 
  • Thursday, April 15 - 6,303 cases, 112 deaths (85 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, April 14 - 7,955 cases, 35 deaths 
  • Tuesday, April 13 - 8,867 cases, 74 deaths (37 from vital records review)
  • Monday, April 12 - 9,674 cases 12 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, April 10 - 6,892 cases, 74 deaths (57 from vital records review)
  • Friday, April 9 -7,834 cases, 23 deaths
  • Thursday, April 8 -  7,819 cases, 73 deaths (43 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, April 7 - 8,015 cases, 30 deaths
  • Tuesday, April 6 - 4,964 cases, 58 deaths (16 from vital records review)
  • Monday, April 5 - 10,292 cases, 21 deaths
  • Saturday, April 3 - 8,413 cases, 57 deaths (51 from vital records review) 
  • Friday, April 2 - 5,498 cases, 20 deaths
  • Thursday, April 1 -  6,036 cases, 49 deaths (33 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, March 31 - 6,311 cases, 10 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 30 - 5,177 cases, 48 deaths (20 from vital records review)
  • Monday, March 29 - 8,202 cases, 8 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, March 27 - 4,670 cases, 22 deaths (29 from vital records review) 
  • Friday, March 26 - 5,030 cases, 20 deaths
  • Thursday, March 25 - 5,224 cases, 49 deaths (30 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, March 24 - 4,454 cases, 16 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 23 - 3,579 cases, 16 deaths (8 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, March 22 - 4,801 cases, 6 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, March 20 - 2,660 cases, 47 deaths (39 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, March 19 - 3730 cases, 15 deaths
  • Thursday, March 18 - 2,629 cases, 25 deaths (24 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, March 17 - 3,164 cases, 0 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 16 - 2,048 cases, 27 deaths
  • Monday, March 15 -- 3,143 cases, 9 deaths
  • Saturday, March 13 --  1,659 cases, 38 deaths (30 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, March 12 ---2,403 cases, 7 deaths 
  • Thursday, March 11 -- 2,091 cases, 23 deaths (16 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, March 10 -- 2,316 cases, 7 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 9 - 954 cases, 29 deaths (8 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, March 8 - 1,960 cases, 4 deaths
  • Saturday, March 6 - 1,289 cases, 56 deaths (48 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, March 5 - 1,486 cases, 10 deaths
  • Wednesday, March 3 - 1,536 cases, 5 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 2 - 1,067 cases, 24 deaths (12 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, March 1 - 1,569 cases, 12 deaths
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 - 1,156 cases, 68 deaths (62 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 26 - 1,073 cases, 1 death
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 - 1,388 cases, 48 deaths (30 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 1,245 cases, 9 deaths
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 - 1,316 cases, 34 deaths (18 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Feb. 22 - 1,484 cases, 3 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 - 635 cases, 63 deaths (57 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 19 -1,193 cases, 23 deaths
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 - 888 cases, 85 deaths (72 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 939 cases, 11 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 - 775 cases, 19 deaths