DETROIT – Michigan reported 8,297 new cases of COVID-19 and 104 virus-related deaths Friday -- an average of 4148.5 cases over the past two days.
Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,081,525, including 21,563 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,073,228 cases and 21,459 deaths, as of Wednesday.
The deaths announced Friday include 58 identified during a Vital Records review.
Testing has increased to around 30,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 11.46% as of Wednesday, an increase from last week. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.
The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,729 on Friday -- the highest it has been since early May. The 7-day death average was 36 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.0%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 106,600 on Wednesday -- the first time it has surpassed 100,000 since May.
Michigan has reported more than 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Tuesday, with 68.1% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 60% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.
- NOTE: The state reported on Monday this week: “Due to a recent update in residential addresses reported to the CDC data tracker, the number of MI residents with 1+ doses will decrease by ~48,000 (-0.8%). All facts and figures within the MDHHS COVID vaccine dashboard below will remain unchanged.”
- This change made the state’s vaccination coverage for 16+ residents fall from 68.4% to 67.9% on Monday, though that number has since risen.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 44.6 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 719,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 6.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 402 million doses in the U.S. alone.
Worldwide, more than 239 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
- Oct. 7 -- 4,204 new cases
- Oct. 8 -- 4,205 new cases
- Oct. 9 -- 3,045 new cases
- Oct. 10 -- 3,046 new cases
- Oct. 11 -- 3,046 new cases
- Oct. 12 -- 4,335 new cases
- Oct. 13 -- 4,336 new cases
- Oct. 14 -- 4,148 new cases
- Oct. 15 -- 4,149 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)
- Oct. 7 -- 41 new deaths
- Oct. 8 -- 41 new deaths (40 from past two days from vital records)
- Oct. 9 -- 12 new deaths
- Oct. 10 -- 12 new deaths
- Oct. 11 -- 12 new deaths (18 from past three days from vital records)
- Oct. 12 -- 60 new deaths
- Oct. 13 -- 50 new deaths (58 from past two days from vital records)
- Oct. 14 -- 52 new deaths
- Oct. 15 -- 52 new deaths (58 from past two days from vital records)
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