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COVID-19 cases increase, hospitalizations fall in Michigan

By: - March 7, 2023 6:15 pm

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Michigan is reporting 6,903 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

That’s an increase from the last report issued Feb. 28, when the state said there were 7,483 new cases for the week.

A total of 3,064,125 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 42,205 people have died from the virus, with 109 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 139 last week. 

However, as home testing has increased since 2021, 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 716 adults and 21 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across Michigan hospitals, which is down from the previous week’s totals of 784 adults and 19 children.

The state also reported that 85 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is 13 more than last week.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. 

The community risk level for Michigan is at “low” following its increase to “medium” in early January.

Fifteen counties are at a “medium” risk level, while the state’s remaining 68 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are 676.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 6.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 103.6 million confirmed cases and 1,122,463 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 69.5%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 62.3% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Just 36.6% of the state has received a booster dose, while 17.2% have received a Bivalent dose.

About 81% 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 former 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.