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Michigan reports 18,945 new COVID-19 cases, 62 deaths over the last week

By: - May 4, 2022 2:37 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,444,891 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,064 have died from the virus — an additional 18,945 cases and 62 deaths since last week.

The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as DHHS now published COVID-19 data just once weekly and has discontinued reporting on the subset of deaths identified via vital records reviews.

Actual case numbers may be higher due to a reliance on at-home tests, which often do not have results reported to the state.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.6%.

As of Wednesday, the state reports a total of 708 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 94 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an average bed occupancy of 79%.

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 515 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 81.5 million confirmed cases and 996,030 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 67%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 32.6% has received at least one booster.

About 78% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Anna Gustafson
Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson is the assistant editor at Michigan Advance, where her beats include economic justice, health care and immigration. Previously the founder of the Muskegon Times and the editor at Rapid Growth Media in Grand Rapids, Anna has worked as an editor and reporter for news outlets across the country. She began her journalism career reporting on state politics in Wisconsin and has gone on to cover government, racial justice and immigration reform in New York City, education in Connecticut, the environment in Wyoming, and more. Previously, Anna lived in Argentina and Morocco, and, when she’s not working, she’s often trying to perfect the empanada and couscous recipes she fell in love with in these countries. You’ll likely also find her working on her century-old home in downtown Lansing, writing that ever-elusive novel and hiking throughout Michigan.

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