Michigan reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases on Monday, about a month after restrictions were eased during a downward trend in new infections, according to Reuters.
The Great Lakes state recorded 11,082 cases on Monday, beating its previous daily record of 10,140 on November 20. Reuters notes that Michigan currently has the highest number of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people and was the only state in the country to report 7,000 cases on Monday.
Michigan began relaxing some restrictions on public gatherings in March, increasing the capacity of gyms, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues. Reuters notes that when restrictions were relaxed, Michigan was reporting about 1,800 new cases a day. Since then, that average has risen to more than 6,700 cases per day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Michigan has confirmed more than 768,000 coronavirus cases and more than 17,000 related deaths.
Nearly 5 million doses of vaccines have also been administered in the state.
On Monday, Michigan also opened vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 16, joining a handful of other states that have already done so.
This new surge in cases in the state comes as several health experts warned that the US could be heading for a fourth wave of coronavirus cases fueled by newer and more infectious strains of COVID-19.
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