We're on the cusp of our junior year of the pandemic and it has been a rough month for Michigan regarding positive COVID-19 cases.

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According to data from ABC news, in the last month alone, there have been more than 17.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 44,700 reported virus-related deaths in the country.

The U.S. is still averaging more than 750,000 new cases a day, about three times the surge from last winter in 2021. In Michigan, nearly 100,000 news positive cases were reported on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. 

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According to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Wednesday marked the highest number of COVID-19 cases the hospital has seen with 22 patients. Hospitalized patients range in age from babies to 17-year-olds.

Almost 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kent County in the past 6 months. The New York Times states that 1,298 positive cases in Kent County happened this Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

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WMNT states that Michigan health officials reported 33,551 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, bringing the total to 1,866,267.

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Of all 50 states and Washington D.C., Michigan ranks No. 29. With the exception of Wayne and Macomb counties, all others in Michigan are still experiencing a rise in positive COVID cases.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated,

"At the end of the day, we’re all making choices every single day and masks work, vaccines work. I want to implore people to avail themselves of these tools to stay safe in the midst of this omicron surge.”

A new strain has been detected. WMNT says The World Health Organization is calling a meeting Friday to determine if they will declare the new strain a 'variant of concern'. It has not been named yet.

There is some good news, a total of 1,382,066 people in Michigan have recovered from the virus. A patient is considered recovered when they are clear of the disease 30 days after initial onset.

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