LANSING, Mich. — The average number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Michigan hit the highest point since May 23, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Over the past week, Michigan averaged 526 new cases each day. The average number of new cases each day was up 245% since June 15, 2020, when Michigan was averaging 152 cases each day,
That was one week after the state reopened bars and restaurants.
Michigan passed 70,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 14.
On Monday, July 13, an executive order requiring masks be worn in public indoor spaces and crowded outdoor areas went into effect.
The week before the executive order went into effect Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she may roll back reopening the state if cases continued to rise.
As the state saw an increase in new cases, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 also crept up after a two-month decline.
The Michigan health department data showed 415 Michiganders were hospitalized with the virus, up from a low of 315 on July 2.
Experts said they’re worried the number of daily deaths could start trending the way of cases and hospitalizations.
The state reported an average of 11 COVID-19 deaths a day over the past week, which was less than 10% of the daily deaths during the state’s first peak in April. During that time an average of 145 people were dying from the virus each day.
Still, experts said an increase in deaths typically trend a few weeks behind an increase in cases.