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Michigan COVID cases remain stable, while deaths see slight uptick

By: - January 18, 2023 12:04 pm

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COVID-19 cases remained relatively stable for the third week in a row in Michigan with 9,687 new reported cases, although the number of deaths saw a slight increase.

That’s according to statistics released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The weekly total was down slightly from the 9,814 cases reported last week, continuing a gradual decline from Dec. 20 when state health officials reported 14,323 weekly cases.

DHHS reports a total of 3,017,948 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In total, 41,185 people have died from the virus with 184 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 165 the week prior.

As home testing increased during the last year, experts note 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 remains at 1.4% as of Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the state reported 946 adults and 14 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed infections, which was down from the previous week’s totals of 1,128 adults and 25 children. 

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 is at “low” following its increase to “medium” in early January.

There are only two counties at “high” risk level: Livingston and Washtenaw, while 31 counties across the state are at “medium” risk level and 50 counties are at a “low” risk level.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are nearly 668 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 6.7 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 101.7 million confirmed cases and 1,100,856 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 69.3%, 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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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.