Michigan COVID cases dip in the last week, but deaths rise

(Susan J. Demas|Michigan Advanced)

By Andrew Roth, Michigan Advance

Michigan is reporting 12,414 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

That’s a small drop from the last report, when the state said there were 12,548 new cases for the week.

The department reports a total of 2,874,009 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In total, 39,092 people have died from the virus with 173 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 152 the week prior. 

However, as home testing has increased during the last year, experts note that some cases are not being recorded. 

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is at 1.4% as of Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the state reported a total of 1,179 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, an increase of 124 from the previous week. The state also reported that 156 COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is up from 133 last week.

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.

The community risk level for Michigan remains at “medium” after several weeks. No counties in the state are at a “high” risk level after Delta County and Gogebic County, both in the Upper Peninsula, were at that level last week.

There are 32 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, a decrease of two since last week. The state’s remaining 51 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 625.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 96.9 million confirmed cases and 1,065,529 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 68.6%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 61.5% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 35.1% of the state has received a booster shot.

About 75% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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