Michigan coronavirus cases up to 814,622; Death toll now at 17,168

More than 603,000 recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 814,622 as of Friday, including 17,168 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update includes a total of 5,031 new cases and 29 additional deaths. On Thursday, the state reported 809,591 total cases and 17,139 deaths.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate above 13% as of Thursday, lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have increased over the last several weeks, now at the highest point of the pandemic.

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Michigan continues to lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 5,538 on Thursday -- the highest since December, but lower than two weeks ago. The 7-day death average was 65 on Thursday, slightly higher than the last two weeks. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 184,000 on Wednesday. More than 603,000 have recovered in Michigan.

Michigan has reported more than 6.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, with 46% of residents having received at least one dose.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 31.8 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 569,700 deaths reported from the virus.

Worldwide, more than 144 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 3 million have died. More than 82 million have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.

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