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With lower case numbers, officials are still worried about new COVID-19 strains


Covid-19 infections in Michigan continue to fall. Case rates are down to 113 cases per million – an 85-percent drop since a mid-November peak.

However, there’s still concern over the more-contagious coronavirus strain.

Chief Medical Executive Doctor Joneigh Khaldun says when the B117 variant is detected, there’s a swift response.

“We continue to move forward with a proactive public health response," said Khaldun. "This means isolation, quarantine and frequent testing whenever we identify outbreaks associated with the variant, so that we can slow the spread as much as possible.”

So far, 157 cases of the more-infectious strain have been detected across 12 Michigan counties. 90 of those are tied to the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia.