Michigan approaching 325,000 virus cases; deaths top 8,700

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is moving closer to 325,000 COVID-19 cases.

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 4,273 new daily confirmed cases, bringing the state’s total to 324,779 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another 73 people have died due to complications from the virus. Total reported virus-related deaths in Michigan were listed at 8,761.

Henry Ford Health System on Wednesday announced that five of its hospitals have been approved by the state as sites where COVID-19 vaccines can be distributed when made available.

The hospitals — Henry Ford in Detroit, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Henry Ford Macomb, Henry Ford West Bloomfield and Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson — are being equipped with low-temperature freezers required to store some vaccines being developed.

Installation of the freezers is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, the health system said.