Michigan reported 1,601 new coronavirus cases Saturday, Jan. 23, continuing a downward trend in daily case numbers.
The new cases marked the lowest daily total since Oct. 21, when new cases registered 1,597.
Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 221 coronavirus deaths Saturday, but said 205 were late additions from a routine review of death certificates across the state.
The declining case numbers come as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that restaurants and bars could reopen for in-person dining on Monday, Feb. 1. Establishments will be under a 25 percent capacity restriction and must close by 10 p.m.
The percentage of positive cases crept up to 5.84 percent Friday, based on 49,830 tests. But the rate was above 10 percent as recently as Jan. 5 and the trend continues in a downward direction.
State health leaders earlier during the pandemic cited a “positivity” rate of 3 percent or lower as indicating the that spread of COVID-19 is under control.
Michigan reports coronavirus recoveries once per week and the data for Friday shows that 463,106 people have recovered since the start of the pandemic in March.
The state has recorded a total of 548,069 COVID-19 cases and 14,291 deaths since March 2020.
The latest hospital data shows 1,823 people in Michigan hospitals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, with 396 in intensive care units. Just over a week ago, there were 2,222 coronavirus patients, with 493 in the intensive care unit.
Saturday was the fourth time since Jan. 12 that new daily cases have dipped below 2,000.
As of Friday, the seven-day average for daily COVID-19 cases was at 1,838.
For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.
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