DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 858,050 as of Thursday, including 18,054 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update includes a total of 3,514 new cases and 115 additional deaths, including 92 deaths identified during a review of records. On Wednesday, Michigan reported a total of 854,536 cases and 17,939 deaths.
Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate just below 10% as of Thursday, lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have dropped slightly over the last week.
Overall, new cases have slowed over the last 14 days. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,934 on Thursday -- lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 73 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 179,400 on Thursday.
More than 660,000 have recovered from the virus in Michigan.
Michigan has reported more than 7.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, May 6, with 51.2% of eligible residents having received at least one dose while 40.7% of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 32.6 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 580,000 deaths reported from the virus.
Worldwide, more than 156 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 3.2 million have died. More than 89 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.
Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases
Though the numbers are still high throughout Michigan, the state’s COVID-19 surge is finally slowing down after a months-long spike.
But Michigan’s count of daily new virus cases is still leading the nation by a slight margin, and vaccinations -- which experts say are the most important tool to control the virus -- have been slowing across the state.
While the data is starting to trend in the right direction, the state still has a ways to go before “normalcy” can be restored.
Just two weeks ago, Michigan was identified as the only state in the country at “severe” risk for COVID-19 spread by research group Covid Act Now.
Michigan is outlining four specific vaccination goals that, once they are reached, will directly trigger the loosening of certain COVID-19 restrictions across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revealed.
Here’s how the plan works:
- Step 1: Two weeks after 55% of Michiganders have gotten at least one shot, the state will allow in-person work for all sectors of business.
- Step 2: Two weeks after 60% of Michiganders have gotten at least one shot, the state will increase indoor capacity and sports stadiums and indoor capacity at conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes to 25%. It will also increase capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50% and lift the curfew on restaurants and bars.
- Step 3: Two weeks after 65% of Michiganders have gotten at least one shot, the state will lift all indoor capacity limits and require only social distancing between parties, as well as further relax limits on residential social gatherings.
- Step 4: Two weeks after 70% of Michiganders have gotten at least one shot, the state will lift the gatherings and face masks order so MDHSS won’t broadly mitigate it unless there are unanticipated circumstances (variants that resist the vaccine, etc.).
The “MI Vacc To Normal” plan will use data for Michiganders ages 16 years and older who have received their first dose. It’s designed to get Michigan to its original goal of vaccinating 70% of the population age 16 and older.
The reported daily new cases and deaths have been decreasing over the past week, but the latest COVID data update from the state Thursday confirmed what everyone on the frontline can feel: COVID-related hospitalizations are still a serious issue.
As of April 19, there were 4,211 people in Michigan hospitals for coronavirus. That’s the highest number of patients since April 2020.
Health officials are also concerned about the several virus variants spreading throughout Michigan.
Michigan has extended the COVID-19 order that implemented restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, entertainment venues and more.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended the epidemic order through May 24. It also expanded mask requirements to include children ages 2-4 years old.
“Michigan continues to implement smart health policies and mitigation measures to fight the spread of COVID-19,” MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel said. “This includes the requirement to wear a mask while in public and at gatherings, limits on indoor residential social gatherings larger than 15 people with no more than three households, and expanded testing requirements for youth sports.”
All Michigan residents age 16 and up became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, nearly a month before the May 1 date pledged by President Joe Biden.
People age 16 to 49 with certain medical conditions or disabilities qualified starting March 22, when 50- to 64-year-olds began getting shots under a previous announcement. Two days later, March 24, a federally selected regional mass vaccination site opened at Detroit’s Ford Field to administer an additional 6,000 doses a day for two months.
The COVID-19 variant detected in Brazil has been identified in Bay County. That variant is known as the P1 strain and it is more contagious and more than 50% able to reinfect.
The person infected in Bay County and the people they’ve been in contact with will need to quarantine for 14 days. It’s unclear what effect, if any, it will have on those, including seniors, who have already been vaccinated as there isn’t enough research to know exactly.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a statement earlier this month after White House officials announced that they’re increasing COVID-19 vaccine doses available to Michigan.
The shipment at the beginning of April was increased by 66,020 bringing the then-total number of doses to 620,040 -- a weekly record for the state. Officials said the allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This comes after Whitmer recently requested for more vaccines as the state is seeing a rise in COVID numbers.
The CDC said that Michigan is leading the country in new cases of COVID-19 per population.
Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge said he’s seen a very clear increase in COVID patients at the hospital where he works.
“Many of them need to be hospitalized. I would honestly say, this feels worse to me here in Southeast Michigan than it was during the wave that started in November. Now, the most concerning trend is the number of middle-aged people with severe COVID,” McGeorge said.
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since April 15:
- April 15 -- 6,303 new cases
- April 16 -- 8,955 new cases
- April 17 -- 5,530 new cases
- April 18 -- 4,287 new cases
- April 19 -- 4,287 new cases
- April 20 -- 5,259 new cases
- April 21 -- 5,584 new cases
- April 22 -- 4,867 new cases
- April 23 -- 5,031 new cases
- April 24 -- 4,698 new cases
- April 25 -- 3,262 new cases
- April 26 -- 3,262 new cases
- April 27 -- 3,676 new cases
- April 28 -- 4,371 new cases
- April 29 -- 3,623 new cases
- April 30 -- 3,440 new cases
- May 1 -- 3,431 new cases
- May 2 -- 2,517 new cases
- May 3 -- 2,518 new cases
- May 4 -- 2,527 new cases
- May 5 -- 2,589 new cases
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since April 15:
- April 15 -- 112 new deaths (81 from vital records)
- April 16 -- 40 new deaths
- April 17 -- 69 new deaths (60 from vital records)
- April 18 -- 30 new deaths
- April 19 -- 31 new deaths
- April 20 -- 85 new deaths (33 from vital records)
- April 21 -- 45 new deaths
- April 22 -- 108 new deaths (75 from vital records)
- April 23 -- 29 new deaths
- April 24 -- 121 new deaths (91 from vital records)
- April 25 -- 17 new deaths
- April 26 -- 18 new deaths
- April 27 -- 105 new deaths (48 from vital records)
- April 28 -- 38 new deaths
- April 29 -- 109 new deaths (78 from vital records)
- April 30 -- 35 new deaths
- May 1 -- 131 new deaths (98 from vital records)
- May 2 -- 14 new deaths
- May 3 -- 15 new deaths
- May 4 -- 126 new deaths (51 from vital records)
- May 5 -- 42 new deaths
- May 6 -- 115 (92 from vital records)
- View more: Michigan COVID-19 data 📊📈
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