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State reports 18,453 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, third week of declines

By: - June 8, 2022 2:37 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,565,819 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,538 have died from the virus — an additional 18,453 cases and 131 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 2,636 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 just over 1%.

As of Monday, the state reports a total of 976 COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan hospitals, with 105 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an average bed occupancy of 76%. All three of those statistics were down for the third straight 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.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 533 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 1,010,025 deaths have been recorded nationally.

Michigan currently has an overall vaccination rate (one or more doses) of 67.3%, putting it in the bottom third of state vaccination rates. About 60.5% 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.

While cases are climbing once again in Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rolled out new federal health guidelines based on county-specific data.

By combining increases in positive cases with data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, a county is designated either “low,” “medium” or “high” in terms of its COVID-19 community level. Each level comes with corresponding prevention guidelines.

For 10 counties in Michigan with “high” community levels — Baraga, Delta, Gratiot, Kalkaska, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties — the CDC recommends masking indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, getting tested if symptoms occur and taking additional precautions for those at high risk for severe illness.

There are 39 Michigan counties with “medium” community levels, up from about 30 last week. For those, individuals at high risk for severe illness should speak with their health care provider about whether to mask or take other precautions. Staying up to date with vaccines and getting tested upon experiencing symptoms is also recommended.

Just over one-third of Michigan’s counties (34) are currently categorized as having “low” community levels. In those areas, individuals should stay up to date with vaccinations and get tested if symptoms occur.

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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.