Michigan reports 29,267 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

New CDC rules recommend public masking in 16 Michigan counties 

By: and - May 18, 2022 3:14 pm

COVID-19 community levels in Michigan counties | CDC map

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,501,863 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,218 have died from the virus — an additional 29,267 cases and 78 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 4,181 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 326,214 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 2,911 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 2,501,863 statewide cases and 36,218 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 1,077 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 109 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 525 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 82.8 million confirmed cases and 1,000,430 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 60.3% 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.

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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 16 counties in Michigan with “high” community levels — Chippewa, Mackinac, Cheboygan, Emmet, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne and Calhoun 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 28 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.

Nearly half of Michigan’s counties (39) 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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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Erik Gunn
Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn reports and writes on work, the economy, health care & policy, and related subjects for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary.