DETROIT – reported Michigan 2,770 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 virus-related deaths Friday – an average of 1,385 cases over a two-day period.
Of the 50 deaths reported, 35 were identified during a Vital Records review. The state also said that of the 2,770 new cases reported Friday, about 825 of them are “attributed to older lab results,” and did not occur during the two-day period.
Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 2,071,587, including 32,611 deaths. These figures have risen from 2,068,817 cases and 32,561 deaths, from Wednesday.
Testing has increased to about 50,000 to 60,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with 7-day positive rate at 3.50% March 16 – a slight increase in the last few days, but still close to the lowest it has been since July 2021. Admissions has fallen over the last few weeks, now down to the lowest total since last summer.
Statens 7-day moving average for daily cases was 811 on Friday, March 18th. The average for 7-day deaths was 28 on March 18th. The state mortality rate is 1.5%.
Michigan has reviewed more than 11.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered per March 14, med 70.5% of 16+ residents have received at least one dose while 64.7% of 16+ residents considered fully vaccinated.
Across the entire Michigan population, 66.5% have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.
According to Johns Hopkins University is more than 79.5 million cases has been reported in the United States, with more than 966,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally more than 10.7 billion vaccine doses has been administered, including more than 555 million doses alone in the United States.
Worldwide more than 462 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 6 million are dead, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher due to limited testing, different ways in which nations count the dead, and deliberate underreporting by some governments.
COVID CASES AND DEATH TRENDS IN MICHIGAN COUNTY
Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of community-based measures where COVID-19 eases its grip, with less focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening in hospitals.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is updates its COVID-19 masking guide as the state enters a “recovery” phase following an increase in viral infections and hospitalizations.
After weeks of a record-breaking increase in COVID-19 spread across Michigan, state numbers have shown one promising decline. The daily number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped significantly compared to last month, and the state’s 7-day positive test rate is lowest it has been since the end of October.
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