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DHHS: More than 1 in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, 1 in 650 died

By: - January 12, 2022 4:21 pm

Tionna Barksdale mourns her older sister, Laneeka, while visiting the Detroit Memorial to Honor Victims of COVID-19 on Belle Isle. | Ken Coleman

More than one in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, and approximately one in 650 Michiganders died from COVID-19, according to information Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday.

DHHS reported Wednesday that a total of 1,709,593 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,228 have died from the virus — an additional 28,458 cases and 350 deaths since Monday.

The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 14,229 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include 282 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

The DHHS also reported Wednesday that 4,746 people are hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. Of those individuals, 828 are in intensive care units and 514 are on ventilators. There are 125 children hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.

DHHS reported that an additional 223,814 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 2,136 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 1,904,949 statewide cases and 30,014 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.7%.

As of Jan. 6, the state reports that 1,342,025 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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 315.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 5.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 62.7 million confirmed cases and 843,624 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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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.