Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Dec. 28, 2021

32,957 new COVID cases reported over 5-day period

Michigan COVID data as of Dec. 28, 2021. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Michigan reported 32,957 new cases of COVID-19 and 274 virus-related deaths Monday -- an average of 6,591.4 cases over the past five days.

Monday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,481,480, including 26,650 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,448,523 cases and 26,376 deaths, as of Wednesday.

The deaths announced Monday include 158 identified during a Vital Records review.

Testing has increased to around 50,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 16.61% as of last Wednesday and has hovered around that number over the last week. Hospitalizations have declined slightly over the last two weeks but are still near record-high levels.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 6,663 on Monday, an increase from the previous week. The 7-day death average was 90 on Monday. The state’s fatality rate is 1.8%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 216,000 on Monday.

Michigan has reported more than 10.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Monday, with 68.1% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose, while 62.5% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Across Michigan’s entire population, 63% have received at last one COVID vaccine dose.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 51 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 812,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 8.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 496 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 277 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 5.3 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.


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Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Dec. 1:

  • Dec. 1 -- 8,265 new cases
  • Dec. 2 -- 9,221 new cases
  • Dec. 3 -- 9,222 new cases
  • Dec. 4 -- 5,530 new cases
  • Dec. 5 -- 5,530 new cases
  • Dec. 6 -- 5,530 new cases
  • Dec. 7 -- 7,693 new cases
  • Dec. 8 -- 7,692 new cases
  • Dec. 9 -- 5,891 new cases
  • Dec. 10 -- 5,892 new cases
  • Dec. 11 -- 5,381 new cases
  • Dec. 12 -- 5,381 new cases
  • Dec. 13 -- 5,381 new cases
  • Dec. 14 -- 5,861 new cases
  • Dec. 15 -- 5,861 new cases
  • Dec. 16 -- 6,325 new cases
  • Dec. 17 -- 6,324 new cases
  • Dec. 18 -- 4,666 new cases
  • Dec. 19 -- 4,666 new cases
  • Dec. 20 -- 4,667 new cases
  • Dec. 21 -- 6,843 new cases
  • Dec. 22 -- 6,843 new cases
  • Dec. 23 -- 6,591 new cases
  • Dec. 24 -- 6,591 new cases
  • Dec. 25 -- 6,591 new cases
  • Dec. 26 -- 6,592 new cases
  • Dec. 27 -- 6,592 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Dec. 1:

  • Dec. 1 -- 179 deaths (160 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 2 -- 138 new deaths
  • Dec. 3 -- 139 new deaths (169 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 4 -- 42 new deaths
  • Dec. 5 -- 42 new deaths
  • Dec. 6 -- 43 new deaths (47 from past three days from vital records)
  • Dec. 7 -- 175 new deaths
  • Dec. 8 -- 175 new deaths (185 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 9 -- 117 new deaths
  • Dec. 10 -- 118 new deaths (151 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 11 -- 53 new deaths
  • Dec. 12 -- 53 new deaths
  • Dec. 13 -- 54 new deaths (36 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 14 -- 165 new deaths
  • Dec. 15 -- 165 new deaths ( 230 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 16 -- 127 new deaths
  • Dec. 17 -- 127 new deaths (159 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 18 -- 53 new deaths
  • Dec. 19 -- 53 new deaths
  • Dec. 20 -- 54 new deaths (63 from past three days from vital records)
  • Dec. 21 -- 196 new deaths
  • Dec. 22 -- 196 new deaths (250 from past two days from vital records)
  • Dec. 23 -- 54 new deaths (158 from past two five from vital records)
  • Dec. 24 -- 55 new deaths
  • Dec. 25 -- 55 new deaths
  • Dec. 26 -- 55 new deaths
  • Dec. 27 -- 55 new deaths

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Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.