DETROIT – Michigan reported 7,674 new cases of COVID-19 and 92 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 3,837 cases over the past two days.
Of the 92 deaths announced Wednesday, 47 were identified during a review of records.
Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,047,011, including 21,231 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,039,337 cases and 21,139 deaths, as of Monday.
Testing has increased to around 30,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 10.61% as of Wednesday, slightly lower than the previous week due to the increasing test volume. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.
The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,491 on Wednesday -- the highest it has been since early May. The 7-day death average was 35 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 94,700 on Wednesday.
Michigan has reported more than 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Wednesday, with 68.3% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 59.5% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 48.5 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 703,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 6.3 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 395 million doses in the U.S. alone.
Worldwide, more than 235 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 4.8 million have died, 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 health officials are adopting a new definition of COVID-19 school outbreaks that lifts the threshold from two cases to three associated with a school.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) gets such a definition from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists -- view that here. The new definition changes the threshold to at least three cases within a group, up from two.
Precautions and restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 actually also helped prevent the spread of the flu, a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, during the 2020 flu season. This time last year, health experts were concerned that the U.S. would experience a “twindemic” with COVID and the flu, but that didn’t happen, likely due to a combination of mask wearing, social distancing, most schools being closed and overall reduced travel.
But this year, many of those precautions and restrictions are no longer in effect, and the flu is expected to circulate more widely.
Detroit has opened up scheduling for residents with compromised immune systems to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Residents must have been fully vaccinated for at least six months and have compromised immune systems to schedule an appointment for a third dose.
Third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations, which were approved by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, will be offered at the TCF Center drive-thru to those with an appointment.
Michigan health officials are strongly recommending schools require universal masking when students return for in-person learning.
Last month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated its guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 within school buildings.
“Because many students have yet to be vaccinated and students under age 12 are not yet eligible, layered prevention measures, including universal masking, must be put in place for consistent in-person learning to keep kids, staff and families safe,” an MDHHS release says.
This update brings MDHHS guidance in line with that of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the United States where coronavirus is surging.
The CDC on Tuesday, July 27 cited new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people. The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC said that in the United States most new infections are among unvaccinated people. But “breakthrough” infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Sept. 15:
- Sept. 15 -- 3,302 new cases
- Sept. 16 -- 2,808 new cases
- Sept. 17 -- 2,808 new cases
- Sept. 18 -- 2,395 new cases
- Sept. 19 -- 2,395 new cases
- Sept. 20 -- 2,395 new cases
- Sept. 21 -- 3,039 new cases
- Sept. 22 -- 3,040 new cases
- Sept. 23 -- 3,040 new cases
- Sept. 24 -- 3,040 new cases
- Sept. 25 -- 2,577 new cases
- Sept. 26 -- 2,578 new cases
- Sept. 27 -- 2,578 new cases
- Sept. 28 -- 3,386 new cases
- Sept. 29 -- 3,387 new cases
- Sept. 30 -- 4,029 new cases
- Oct. 1 -- 4,029 new cases
- Oct. 2 -- 2,901 new cases
- Oct. 3 -- 2,901 new cases
- Oct. 4 -- 2,902 new cases
- Oct. 5 -- 3,837 new cases
- Oct. 6 -- 3,837 new cases
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Sept. 15:
- Sept. 15 -- 31 new deaths (41 from past two days from vital records)
- Sept. 16 -- 34 new deaths
- Sept. 17 -- 34 deaths (36 from past two days from vital records)
- Sept. 18 -- 12 new deaths
- Sept. 19 -- 12 new deaths
- Sept. 20 -- 11 new deaths (9 from past three days from vital records)
- Sept. 21 -- 40 new deaths
- Sept. 22 -- 41 new deaths (52 from past two days from vital records)
- Sept. 23 -- 41 new deaths
- Sept. 24 -- 41 new deaths (56 from past two days from vital records)
- Sept. 25 -- 12 new deaths
- Sept. 26 -- 12 new deaths
- Sept. 27 -- 11 new deaths (13 from past three days from vital records)
- Sept. 28 -- 50 new deaths
- Sept. 29 -- 50 new deaths (50 from past two days from vital records)
- Sept. 30 -- 39 new deaths
- Oct. 1 -- 40 new deaths (42 from past two days from vital records)
- Oct. 2 -- 20 new deaths
- Oct. 3 -- 21 new deaths
- Oct. 4 -- 21 new deaths (19 from past three days from vital records)
- Oct. 5 -- 46 new deaths
- Oct. 6 -- 46 new deaths (47 from past two days from vital records)
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