By Allison R. Donahue, Michigan Advance
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,411,464 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 35,935 have died from the virus — an additional 10,474 cases and 78 deaths since last week.
The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as DHHS now published COVID-19 data just once weekly and has discontinued reporting on the subset of deaths identified via vital records reviews.
Actual case numbers may be higher due to a reliance on at-home tests, which often do not have results reported to the state.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.6%.
As of Monday, the state reports a total of 517 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 89 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an average bed occupancy of 77%.
The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.
Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 507 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 81 million confirmed cases and 989,706 deaths have been recorded nationally.
Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 66.8%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 32.4% has received at least one booster.
About 77% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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