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Michigan COVID cases decline but hospitalizations rise, state reports

By: - November 1, 2022 3:04 pm

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Michigan is reporting 11,651 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

That’s a small decline from the last report, when the state said there were 12,167 new cases for the week.

A total of 2,897,827 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 39,406 people have died from the virus, with 156 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 158 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 1,199 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, an increase of 140 from the previous week. The state also reported that 142 COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is up from 131 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 remains at “medium” after several weeks. No counties in the state are at a “high” risk level after Delta County and Gogebic County, both in the Upper Peninsula, were at that level last week.

There are 44 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, an increase of eight since last week. The state’s remaining 39 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 630.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 97.5 million confirmed cases and 1,070,525 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 68.7%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 61.7% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 35.4% 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.

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