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Michigan reported COVID cases, hospitalizations fall in the last week

By: - September 20, 2022 4:01 pm

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Michigan reports 16,901 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

That’s a drop from the last report, when the state said there were 18,375 new cases for the week.

The department reports a total of 2,821,489 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 16,901 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 18,375 cases. In total, 38,464 people have died from the virus with 147 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 196 the week prior. 

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 1,134 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, a decrease of 43 from the previous week. The state also reported that 126 COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is down slightly from 136 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 it had been at “high” a few weeks ago. There are 13 counties at “high” risk level, which is up from eight last week.  

There are 35 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, down from 56 counties last week. There are 35 counties at “low” risk level, an increase of 12 over the previous week.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 612.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 95.7 million confirmed cases and 1,054,146 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 68%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 61% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 34.5% 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 regular contributor to the Michigan Advance and a former reporting intern. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and is a graduate of Michigan State University.