Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,581,397 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,675 have died from the virus — an additional 15,578 cases and 137 deaths in the last week.
The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths in the last seven days, with an average of 2,225 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data just once weekly on Wednesdays, and has discontinued reporting on the subset of deaths identified via vital records reviews.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.5%
As of Monday, the state reports a total of 887 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 125 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an average bed occupancy of 77%. While the total number of hospitalizations is down from last week, the ICU and bed occupancy rates saw slight increases.
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 536 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 85 million confirmed cases and 1,012,053 deaths have been recorded nationally.
Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 67.4%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60.6% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
About 78% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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