The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,062,354 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,134 have died from the virus — an additional 1,656 cases and 16 deaths since Friday.
The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 552 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The DHHS also reported Monday that 939 people are hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. Of those individuals, 212 are in intensive care units and 104 are on ventilators. There are 27 children hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.
DHHS reported that an additional 305,344 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 2,724 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 2,367,688 statewide cases and 34,858 deaths.
The state is also reporting school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly basis. As of Tuesday, there are 185 new or ongoing COVID-19 clusters or outbreaks in pre-kindergarten-12 schools.
Of those, seven are new outbreaks reported Monday.
The state stopped reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in colleges and universities to “streamline the local health department weekly outbreak reporting survey to focus on congregate settings where patients and staff might be more at risk for infection and/or experience severe outcomes from infection” during the current surge in cases.
There are some holes in the state’s reporting of school-related outbreaks, as DHHS doesn’t track individual COVID-19 cases in schools and relies on local health departments to track and report.
To be considered an outbreak, the local health department must have found three or more COVID-19 cases that may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households. Previously, the state considered an outbreak to be two or more COVID-19 cases.
Case counts for school-related outbreaks include those associated with before and after school programs and cases originating from on-campus and off-campus student housing.
According to DHHS spokesperson Lynn Sutfin, students or staff who were exposed to COVID-19 outside of school grounds and are not thought to have spread the disease on the school grounds are not included in the report.
Michigan’s two largest universities, University of Michigan and Michigan State University, are reporting significant outbreaks.
Michigan State University reported that as of the week of Feb. 21, it was aware of 4,051 cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff since the week of Aug. 2. University of Michigan reports that, as of the week of Feb. 26, 47 staff and students have tested positive for COVID-19.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.6%.
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 447.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 79.3 million confirmed cases and 959,579 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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