COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases decline in Michigan

By: - December 28, 2022 10:48 am

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COVID-19 cases declined over the past week in Michigan with 10,927 new cases recorded in a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

Cases decreased compared to the last report released on Dec. 20, which documented 14,323 new cases for the week.

The department reports a total of 2,988,654 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In total, 40,767 people have died from the virus with 110 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 149 the week prior.

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 1,263 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, a decrease of 75 from the previous week. There were 158 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is up from 151 last week.

As home testing increased during the last year, experts note some cases are not being recorded.

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” following its increase from “low” two weeks ago.

There are two counties at “high” risk level, Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula and Ionia County.

There are 45 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, an increase over last week’s 36. The remaining 36 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 658 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.6 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 100.4 million confirmed cases and 1,090,606 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 69.2%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 62% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

About 80% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Anna Gustafson
Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson is the assistant editor at Michigan Advance, where her beats include economic justice, health care and immigration. Previously the founder of the Muskegon Times and the editor at Rapid Growth Media in Grand Rapids, Anna has worked as an editor and reporter for news outlets across the country. She began her journalism career reporting on state politics in Wisconsin and has gone on to cover government, racial justice and immigration reform in New York City, education in Connecticut, the environment in Wyoming, and more. Previously, Anna lived in Argentina and Morocco, and, when she’s not working, she’s often trying to perfect the empanada and couscous recipes she fell in love with in these countries. You’ll likely also find her working on her century-old home in downtown Lansing, writing that ever-elusive novel and hiking throughout Michigan.

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