State to report COVID numbers twice per week

State officials say daily COVID reporting isn't necessary anymore.

In the clearest sign yet that the COVID-19 pandemic may be coming to a close, state health officials announced that they will move to reporting new COVID numbers just twice a week.

Context: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) began in April 2020 by reporting new cases of COVID-19 each day, as well as deaths, testing, and other statistics. In September, it stopped reporting on Sundays. Last month, it stopped reporting on Saturdays.

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What’s Happening: MDHHS will move to reporting COVID stats just twice a week beginning immediately. The department will continue collecting the same range of data every day, it’s just the public reporting frequency that’s changing.

What They’re Saying: “As case and vaccination rates have slowed across the state, we have made the decision to reflect this change in the pandemic by reducing the number of days data is posted,” said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for MDHHS, in an interview with Bridge Michigan.

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