Michigan COVID community risk level drops to low 

By: - November 10, 2022 7:22 am

After a second dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, a swarm of antibodies attacks the virus. | Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Michigan is reporting 9,992 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.

That’s a drop from the last report, when the state said there were 11,651 new cases for the week.

A total of 2,907,819 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 39,574 people have died from the virus, with 168 deaths reported on Wednesday compared to 156 last week. 

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 1,121 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, a decrease of 78 from the previous week. The state also reported that 143 COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is up one from 142 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 dropped to “low” after several weeks at “medium.” 

There are 28 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, a decrease of 16 since last week. The state’s remaining 55 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 633.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.6 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 97.8 million confirmed cases and 1,073,775 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 68.8%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 61.8% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 35.5% 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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Andrew Roth
Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.