Populated Michigan counties surpass others in new COVID-19 cases per capita. per capita, the number of positive tests increased on Thursday, March 17th
Populated Michigan counties surpass others in new COVID-19 cases per capita.  per capita, the number of positive tests increased on Thursday, March 17th

Populated Michigan counties surpass others in new COVID-19 cases per capita. per capita, the number of positive tests increased on Thursday, March 17th

Two of the state’s most populous counties, Wayne and Washtenaw, experienced among the highest number of new coronavirus cases per capita. per capita in the last two days in Michigan, when the seven-day average of new cases ticked upward, at least in part due to lagging test results.

The number of positive tests also increased on Thursday, March 7, even when the detained cases are not taken into account.

However, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, lagging indicators, are still declining.

Michigan reported 2,770 new, confirmed coronavirus cases and 50 COVID-19 deaths referred to the state’s disease surveillance system since Friday, March 18, since the last update on Wednesday, March 9th.

The number of cases contains about 825 additional cases “attributed to older laboratory results.” This is due to a backlog of previously unreported historical test results received and processed on March 17, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported.

It is unknown what caused the backlog, a spokesman for the state Department of Health said in an email. Two laboratories informed the state this week that they had unreported test results going as far back as September.

Including these cases, the state now has an average of 811 new, reported cases and 27 confirmed deaths per day in the last seven days.

One week ago, the average age of 745 cases and 43 confirmed deaths per day.

In all, there have been 32,611 confirmed deaths and 2,071,587 confirmed cases in Michigan since the start of the pandemic. In addition, as of Friday, there have been 306,852 probable cases and 2,807 probable deaths, with a physician and / or antigen test determining the COVID-19, but no confirmatory PCR test detecting the presence of a virus was performed.

Below is a chart indicating the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic. (Can not see the chart? click here.)


Nine counties reported no new cases in the last two days. These are: Alpena, Arenac, Clinton, Gladwin, Iron, Keweenaw, Manistee, Montmorency and Ontonagon counties.

Since Wednesday, the following 10 counties have had the most new cases per. 100,000 people: Menominee (119), Wayne (65), Gratiot (65), Emmet (53), Schoolcraft (37), Mason (34), Washtenaw (34), St. Clair (32), Charlevoix (31) and Oceana (30).

Without population adjustment, these 10 counties had the most new cases in the last two days: Wayne (1,169), Oakland (304), Macomb (249), Washtenaw (126), Kent (89), Ingham (70), St. Louis. Clair (51), Kalamazoo (43), Monroe (42) and Ottawa (42).

Wayne, Washtenaw and St. Clair counties are on both lists, indicating a higher transmission level.

The arrows on the map below show whether the cases this week are lower than new cases last week.

You can place the cursor over a county to see the underlying data. (Tip: Drag the map with the cursor to see the entire upper peninsula.)

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The chart below shows new cases for the last 30 days based on the onset of symptoms. It reflects the latest available data. In this chart, the numbers for the last few days are incomplete due to the delay between people getting sick and getting a confirmed coronavirus test result, which can take up to a week or more.

You can call a chart rather than any county, and you can place the cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases.

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As of Friday, hospitals across the country were treating 624 adults and 24 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. This included 127 adults on intensive care and 55 on respirators.

One week ago, there were 738 adults and 34 pediatric patients, including 153 adults in intensive care and 71 patients in respirator.

To context: On January 10, at the worst of omicron, the state had about 5,000 total patients, of which about 860 on intensive care and about 540 on ventilators.

Deaths: Dead

Twenty-nine counties reported at least one new death since Wednesday. Macomb County had six. Wayne and Oakland counties each had five. Kalamazoo County had four, Lapeer County reported three and Bay, Genesee and Saginaw counties each reported two.

Below is a chart that tracks the state’s seven-day average for reported COVID-19 deaths per day during the pandemic. (These are based on the reported date, not necessarily on the date of death.)

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On average for the last seven days, 4.7% of the tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2. One week ago, the seven-day average was 3.6%.

On Thursday, March 17, the state reported that 10.2% of about 31,000 tests were positive. Take out the approximately 825 withheld test results, and the percentage is around 7.7%, still the highest daily rate since February.

A day earlier, on March 16, about 3% of 28,743 tests were positive.

However, these figures were affected by the withheld positive tests.

These cases will be sorted by the appropriate start or sample collection date recorded on the state coronavirus dashboard, the state health ministry reported.

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The interactive map below shows the average of seven days of testing per day. amt. You can place the cursor over a county to see the underlying data.

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COVID-19 vaccinations

State data, updated Friday, shows that 65.6% of eligible residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. Last week, the price was about the same.

About 3,300 people have been vaccinated this week, according to the latest state data.

About 54.4% of those who are fully vaccinated, which means they have received two shots of the mRNA vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, have received a booster shot, which is now recommended for all adults and older children. This is an increase from about 54.3% a week ago.

People between 65 and 74 have the highest vaccination rate. About 89.6% have received at least one dose. Children 5 to 11 who are only eligible for shots since November are the least vaccinated with 27.7% at least partially inoculated.

Below is a chart showing vaccination rates by county for persons 5 and older. (Can not see the chart? click here.)

For more state-wide data, visit MLives coronavirus data site.

To find a test site near you, check the state’s online test find send an email to [email protected]or call 888-535-6136 between 8am and 5pm on weekdays.

Do you have a question about coronavirus that you would like answered? Submit it to [email protected].

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