State reports 25,968 new COVID-19 cases in the last week ⋆

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,527,831 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,357 have died from the virus — an additional 25,968 cases and 139 deaths in the last week.

The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Monday combine recorded cases and deaths in the last seven days, with an average of 3,710 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data just once weekly on Wednesdays, and has discontinued reporting on the subset of deaths identified via vital records reviews.

DHHS also reports that an additional 330,507 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 2,929 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 2,527,831 statewide cases and 36,357 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.5%.

As of Monday, the state reports a total of 1,037 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 112 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an average bed occupancy of 80%.

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 527 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 84 million confirmed cases and 1,003,104 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 67.1%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60.8% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

About 78% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

While cases are climbing once again in Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rolled out new federal health guidelines based on county-specific data.

By combining increases in positive cases with data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, a county is designated either “low,” “medium” or “high” in terms of its COVID-19 community level. Each level comes with corresponding prevention guidelines.

For 22 counties in Michigan with “high” community levels — Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta, Marquette, Presque Isle, Cheboygan, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Crawford, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe counties — the CDC recommends masking indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, getting tested if symptoms occur and taking additional precautions for those at high risk for severe illness.

There are 30 Michigan counties with “medium” community levels. For those, individuals at high risk for severe illness should speak with their health care provider about whether to mask or take other precautions. Staying up to date with vaccines and getting tested upon experiencing symptoms is also recommended.

Just over one-third of Michigan’s counties (31) are currently categorized as having “low” community levels. In those areas, individuals should stay up to date with vaccinations and get tested if symptoms occur.

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authored by Allison R. Donahue
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