Michigan reports 5,931 new COVID cases, 312 deaths -- average of 1,186 cases per day

Michigan’s COVID fatality rate around 1.5%

Coronavirus testing (AP)

DETROIT – Michigan reported 5,931 new cases of COVID-19 and 312 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 1,186.2 cases over the past five days.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 2,051,771, including 31,695 deaths. These numbers are up from 2,045,840 cases and 31,383 deaths, as of Friday.

The deaths announced Wednesday include 250 identified during a Vital Records review.

Testing has increased to around 50,000 to 60,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 9.62% as of Feb. 18 -- the lowest it has been since September. Hospitalizations have decreased over the last three weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,926 on Friday, Feb. 18, lower than the previous week. The 7-day death average was 70 on Feb. 18. The state’s fatality rate is 1.5%.

Michigan has reported more than 11.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Feb. 17, with 70% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose, while 64.2% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Across Michigan’s entire population, 65.8% have received at least one COVID vaccine dose.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 76 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 902,200 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 10 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 539 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 393 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 5.7 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.

New daily Michigan COVID-19 totals since Feb. 2:

  • Feb. 2 -- 18,803 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 4 -- 9,805 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 7 -- 9,898 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Feb. 9 -- 7,527 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 11 -- 5,716 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 14 -- 5,380 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Feb. 16 -- 4,271 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 18 -- 3,827 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 23 -- 5,931 new cases (case count for five days)

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Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.