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State reports 7,674 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - October 6, 2021 2:33 pm

Invited guests were allowed to visit the Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute Walk at Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford Township on March 10, the one year anniversary of the first known case of COVID-19 in Michigan. The trail lighting is operated by Bluewater Technologies, who previously ran Glenore Trails in Commerce Township. (Andrew Roth | Michigan Advance)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,047,011 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,231 have died from the virus — an additional 7,674 cases and 92 deaths since Monday.

The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,837 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include 47 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

DHHS also reports that an additional 131,897 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,378 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 1,178,908 statewide cases and 22,609 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2%.

As of Friday, 931,115 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

More than 5 million Michiganders are completely vaccinated, totaling about 68.2% of the state’s population.

As of Wednesday, more than 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Michiganders. To date, 68.3% of Michiganders age 16 years or older have gotten at least their first dose. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set a goal of a 70% vaccination rate. 

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 236.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 44 million confirmed cases and 706,677 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.