Michigan is "making progress" in combatting its Covid-19 outbreak, which peaked in November, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday.
"The cases are beginning to decrease," she said at a news briefing. "This dip in cases correlates with the days that the (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services') targeted and temporary safety protocols have been in place."
"Simply put," she added, "What we're doing is working."
With a positivity rate of 12.3%, Covid-19 is still a serious threat in the state, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive. But cases have been "trending down" for the past 22 days, she said, adding that her office is "cautiously optimistic."
To date, the coronavirus has infected more than 478,300 people and killed almost 11,500 in Michigan, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.