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Michigan COVID cases tick up, deaths stay the same in the last week

By: - March 28, 2023 3:14 pm

Susan J. Demas

Michigan is reporting 6,562 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 March 21, when the state said there were 5,989 new cases for the week.

A total of 3,084,114 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 42,456 people have died from the virus, with 89 deaths reported on Tuesday, remaining even with the 89 reported 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 780 adults and 26 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across Michigan hospitals, which is nearly even with the previous week’s totals of 781 adults and 23 children.

The state also reported that 91 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is 14 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.

One county in the state – Gogebic, bordering Wisconsin – is at a “high” risk level. Six counties – Alger, Dickinson, Iron, Menominee, Monroe and Ontonagon – are at a “medium” risk level. The state’s remaining 76 counties are at a “low” risk level.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there have been more than 761 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 6.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 103.9 million confirmed cases and 1,123,613 deaths have been recorded nationally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Previously, the Advance used data about global and U.S. cases and deaths from Johns Hopkins University. As of March 10, the school stopped collecting and reporting COVID-19 data. 

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 62.4% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Just 36.7% of the state has received a booster dose, while 17.4% 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.