Children’s Center Unit Coordinator Robin Stewart’s “Angry America, Please Stop” at the “Through Our Eyes: Health Care Workers’ Artistic Reflections on the Pandemic” exhibit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. | Photo by Anna Gustafson
Michigan is reporting 5,263 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.
That’s a decrease from the last report issued March 28, when the state said there were 6,562 new cases for the week.
A total of 3,089,377 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the department. In total, 42,523 people have died from the virus, with 67 deaths reported on Tuesday, a decrease from the 89 reported 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 761 adults and 24 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across Michigan hospitals, which is down slightly from the previous week’s totals of 780 adults and 26 children.
The state also reported that 79 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is 12 fewer than last week.
The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020.
The community risk level for Michigan remains at “low.”
Fourteen counties in the state are at a “medium” risk level. The state’s remaining 69 counties are at a “low” risk level.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there have been more than 761.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 6.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 104.1 million confirmed cases and 1,125,366 deaths have been recorded nationally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 69.8%, putting it in the lower half of state vaccination rates. About 62.6% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Just 36.7% of the state has received a booster dose, while 17.5% have received a Bivalent dose.
About 81% of the entire United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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