COVID-19 cases in Michigan continue to fall to numbers not seen since last summer. The daily average of Michigan’s daily COVID-19 incidents from Saturday to Monday was 620. That’s a drop from 1,560 a day Thursday and Friday. The same figure was 20,346 less than two months ago on January 6th.
Michigan public health officials on Monday reported 1,860 new COVID-19 cases and 26 additional virus deaths over the past three days. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updates data every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The last two-day cases totaling 1,860 cases and 26 deaths brought the state’s total confirmed cases and deaths to 2,055,751 and 31,817 since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Michigan’s average 7-day incidence is 148.1 cases per year. performed in the last week.
Oakland County has an average of 125.80 cases per year. day per 100,000 inhabitants, which is a decrease of 34.66% compared to the previous 7 days, according to the CDC.
Wayne County’s 7-day average case rate is 130.28 cases per year. day per 100,000 inhabitants, an increase of 9.15% compared to the previous 7 days, while Macomb County’s 7-day average case rate is 166.25 cases per. day per 100,000 inhabitants compared to the previous week, an increase of 9.17 percent.
On Monday, the state reported 50 new COVID-19 outbreaks, the majority of which stem from long-term care facilities (30). COVID-19 outbreaks are generally defined as two or more cases with a link by location and time indicating a shared exposure outside a household.
On Friday, the CDC relaxed, for the first time since July, its face mask guide, saying more than 70% of Americans live in counties where COVID-19 poses a low or medium threat to hospitals. These are the people who can stop wearing face masks, the CDC said.
The CDC outlined the new set of community-based masking measures where COVID-19 eases its grip, with less focus on new cases and more on what happens in hospitals in terms of new admissions and the total number of COVID-19 patients.
Last week, as new cases and hospitalizations continued their downward trend across the country, MDHHS officials confirmed that face masks would no longer be recommended to be worn in most indoor public settings, including schools.
However, MDHHS officials continue to recommend face masks to Michigan residents, regardless of vaccination status, in high-risk associations, including long-term care facilities, shelters, penitentiary facilities, prisons and health facilities, and for people in isolation and quarantine periods. stop further spread of the virus.
See MDHHS ‘response data and modeling update on February 22 here:
By the end of February, due to the continued rapid decline in recently reported cases and hospitalizations as well as increased vaccinations among young children, all Michigan County health departments that had K-12 school mask mandates in place, including Oakland and Wayne, will be closing these requirements for schools.
Across the country, 1,065 Michigan residents are hospitalized with confirmed positive COVID-19, the majority of which is in southeastern Michigan, with 80% of the state’s hospital beds occupied.
The state’s 7-day average of the number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions is 184, down from a high of 571 on January 10th. That’s a 68% drop in the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate.
Over the past week, Oakland County hospitals have seen a 22.99% drop in the number of new COVID-19 admissions, 144 patients, compared to the previous 7 days, according to the CDC.
Wayne County hospitals have seen a 29.18% decrease in the number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions compared to the previous 7 days with a total of 216 patients, while Macomb County hospitals have not seen an increase or decrease in the number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions compared to the previous 7 days with 46 patients.
The state vaccination coverage rate for all residents with at least one dose was 66% with more than 6.59 million residents receiving at least one dose.
Vaccine coverage rates include 27.04% for those aged 5-11, 48% for those aged 12-15, 54.19% for those aged 16-19, 53.54% for those aged 20-29 and 64, 16% for those aged 30-39.
Among the older groups, vaccination rates are 66.45% for those aged 40-49, 75.90% for those aged 50-64, 89.47% for residents aged 65-74 and 86.01% for Michigan residents aged 75 and older.
More than 3 million booster and third-dose doses have been administered nationwide, the majority of which have been administered to Michianders aged 50 years and older.
Free face masks and test kits
Michigan residents can get free KN95 face masks and COVID-19 test kits by visiting Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan and https://www.usps.com/covidtests.