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Despite decrease in COVID-19 infections, officials remain wary due to new strain


Rates of COVID-19 infections in Michigan are down 81-percent from the peak on December 1st. Despite that, health officials remain concerned over the presence of a more contagious coronavirus strain in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state health department is watching for any outbreaks.

“But we are in a race to get these vaccines into arms," said Whitmer. "And that's why the resources in that Michigan recovery COVID recovery plan are so crucial in this moment. It's a race and we want to continue leading in this race and we need to get those resources there.”

So far, 61 cases of the B117 variant have been detected in Michigan – though health officials believe there are more.