Michigan announced 12,763 new Covid-19 cases between Sunday and Monday, with 55 new deaths in the same time period, bringing the state to 8,049 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the state’s Covid-19 dashboard.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared her sorrow at passing the milestone in a release Monday afternoon.
“I want to express my deepest sympathies to all Michiganders who have lost a loved one to this virus,” Whitmer said in the release. "We all owe it to them to take this seriously so we can save more lives and protect each other. We must all choose to take action against COVID-19 and get through this together.”
The state has 3,710 current hospitalizations of confirmed positive patients, with another 388 suspected positives, according to its Covid-19 dashboard. At least 749 people are in intensive care with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases and 343 patients are on ventilators.
Whitmer also asked for a continued push toward a second stimulus package from Congress and the White House. She expressed optimism in vaccine trials from Moderna and Pfizer that have greater than 90% effectiveness, but on the heels of her additional restrictions Sunday, Whitmer cautioned Michiganders to remain vigilant.
"This is all good news, but it doesn’t mean that we can let our guard down and loosen the safety measures we have made in our daily lives,” she said in the release. "It’s crucial that we keep our infection rate low so we can save lives and distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible when it’s ready.”
One thing to note: These numbers were released by Michigan’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.