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COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increase in Michigan, state reports

By: - July 26, 2022 3:27 pm

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Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise in Michigan according to a weekly report released Tuesday from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The department reports a total of 2,672,312 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 19,653 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 16,445 cases. In total, 37,428 people have died from the virus with 137 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 currently at 1.5%.

As of Tuesday, the state reported a total of 942 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, an increase of 60 from the previous week. Ninety-eight adults were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is down from 106 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.

Most Michigan communities remain at “low” community risk levels. There are four counties at “high” risk level: Alger, Benzie, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties. 

There are 28 counties across the state at “medium” risk level: Antrim, Baraga, Branch, Clinton, Delta, Dickinson, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Keweenaw, Leelanau, Luce, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Oceana, St. Joseph, and Washtenaw Counties. 

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 571 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 90 million confirmed cases and 1,027,524 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 67.6%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 60.7% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

About 77% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Kyle Davidson
Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson is a reporting intern for the Michigan Advance. A recent MSU graduate, Kyle studied journalism and political science. He has reported on community events, breaking news, state policy, and the environment for outlets including the Lansing State Journal, the Detroit Free Press and Capital News Service.

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