Advance Notice: Briefs
New Michigan COVID cases dip below 6,000 in the last week
COVID-19 home tests | Susan J. Demas
Michigan is reporting 5,799 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.
That’s a drop from the last report issued Jan. 31, when the state said there were 6,027 new cases for the week.
A total of 3,036,304 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 41,809 people have died from the virus, with 119 deaths reported on Tuesday compared to 245 last week.
However, as home testing has increased since 2021, 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 726 adults and 13 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across Michigan hospitals, which was up for adults but down for kids from the previous week’s totals of 710 adults and 16 children.
The state also reported that 88 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is three more than 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 is at “low” following its increase to “medium” in early January.
Three counties – Monroe, Sanilac and St. Clair – are at a “medium” risk level. The state’s remaining 80 counties are at a “low” risk level.
Johns Hopkins University reports that there are 671.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 6.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 102.6 million confirmed cases and 1,112,142 deaths have been recorded nationally.
Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 69.4%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 62.3% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Just 36.5% of the state has received a booster dose, while 16.7% have received a Bivalent dose.
About 81% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.