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Michigan reports uptick in COVID hospitalizations, ICU patients in the last week

By: - September 6, 2022 3:50 pm

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Michigan reports 15,854 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.

The department reports a total of 2,786,213 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 15,854 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 19,158 cases. In total, 38,121 people have died from the virus with 83 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 129 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 1,189 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, an increase of 237 from the previous week. The state also reported that 150 COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is up from 98 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 has been lowered back down to “medium” after sitting at the “high” risk level last week. There are 19 counties at “high” risk level, which is up from nine last week.  

There are 25 counties across the state at “medium” risk level, down from 57 counties last week. There are 39 counties at “low” risk level, an increase of 22 over the previous week.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 606 million confirmed cases worldwide and 6.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 94.8 million confirmed cases and 1,047,727 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 34.4% 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 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.