Even though COVID-19 numbers have been moderating in Michigan, the pandemic did not take the holiday off.
State figures report that 254 Michiganders died Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Saturday. 7,341 new cases were confirmed across the state.
Since the pandemic began early this year, Michigan has 477,269 cases, with 12,029 deaths. One out of every six patients in a Michigan hospital is there because of COVID-19.
Nationally the virus has now taken the lives of one out of every 1,000 Americans.
While the toll has been falling in Michigan, it has been rising in neighboring Ontario.
The provincial government initiated a lockdown Saturday. It will remain in place until January 9th for the northern part of the province, but will continue until January 23rd for southern Ontario.