DETROIT – Michigan reported 1,540 new cases of COVID-19 and 124 virus-related deaths Wednesday, March 16 -- an average of 770 cases over a two-day period.
Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 2,068,817, including 32,561 deaths. These numbers are up from 2,067,277 cases and 32,443 deaths, as of Monday.
107 of the deaths reported Wednesday were due to 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 3.47% as of March 14 -- the lowest it has been since July 2021. Hospitalizations have decreased over the last few weeks, now down to the lowest total since last summer.
The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 675 on Wednesday, March 16. The 7-day death average was 39 on March 16. The state’s fatality rate is 1.5%.
Michigan has reported more than 11.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of March 14, with 70.5% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose, while 64.7% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.
Across Michigan’s entire population, 66.5% have received at least one COVID vaccine dose.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 79.5 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 966,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 10.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 555 million doses in the U.S. alone.
Worldwide, more than 462 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 6 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.
COVID cases and deaths trends by Michigan county
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