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The average age of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Michigan has been dropping as the total number of people hospitalized with the disease rises, health officials said Thursday.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Northern Michigan public health officials said Thursday that the growing prevalence of COVID-19 variants that are more contagious than the original strain of the virus is making outbreaks increasingly difficult to control.

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Michigan cities are five of the country’s top six for new COVID-19 cases per capita, according to analysis by the New York Times. Mount Pleasant, home of Central Michigan University, is No. 2 in that data.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Daily coronavirus cases in Michigan have shot up over the last few weeks, but the number of diagnostic tests run for the virus has risen much more slowly.

The average number of new daily cases of the virus has more than doubled since February 18, but testing has only increased about 10%.

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Health officials in Northern Michigan say school-age children -- previously thought of as a low-risk group -- are increasingly spreading the novel coronavirus as cases of COVID-19 as Michigan becomes a national hotspot for the disease. 

But both school superintendents and health department leaders say there’s very little evidence of coronavirus transmission inside classrooms. The virus is spreading through extracurricular contact, they said.