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Michigan reports 1,540 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - March 16, 2022 2:28 pm

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Health Department holds a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Lansing, April 17, 2021 | Laina G. Stebbins

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,068,817 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,561 have died from the virus — an additional 1,540 cases and 118 deaths since Monday.

The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 770 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include 107 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

DHHS reported Wednesday that an additional 306,613 Michiganders were identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 2,792 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020. 

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate as of Wednesday was 1.6%.

As of Wednesday, the state reported a total of 665 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 135 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). There were 25 children hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of 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 462.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.05 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 79.6 million confirmed cases and 967,175 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 66.4%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

About 77% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Julia Forrest
Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.