Michigan COVID data for Thursday, March 17: How this St. Patrick’s Day compares to 2020, 2021

A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC/TNS) TNSTNS

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On the day before St. Patrick’s Day 2020, Michigan closed indoor dining at restaurants and a variety of other businesses as the coronavirus first hit Michigan. March Madness had already been canceled. Schools were closed.

Fast forward to mid-March 2021, as Michigan announced expanding vaccine eligibility to everybody 16 and older, just as COVID-19 was beginning its third wave in Michigan. There were still some pandemic restrictions in place.