Michigan adds 420 cases, 33 deaths from COVID-19

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
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Michigan on Wednesday added 420 cases of COVID-19 and 33 deaths from the virus. 

The figures bring Michigan's total number of cases to 889,001 and deaths to 19,209 since the virus was first detected here in March 2020, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Wednesday’s confirmed case count marks the lowest daily total in Michigan since Aug. 21 when there were 374 COVID-19 cases reported. Cases and testing positivity in the state have declined for the last six weeks. The current statewide positivity rate is 6.6%.

Last week, the state added 3,778 cases and 158 deaths, a decrease from the week prior when Michigan added 8,578 cases and 332 deaths from the virus. During the week of May 9-13 when the state added 11,991 new cases and 402 deaths from the virus.

Protect Michigan Commission COVID-19 student ambassador volunteer Kellsey Hall, left, of Detroit, receives a vaccination from Dr. Betty Chu, VP and associate chief clinical officer, chief quality officer for Henry Ford Health System on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set Nov. 15-21. The second highest weekly total was 47,316 Nov. 22-28.

The weekly record of 808 deaths was recorded in mid-December.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the "MI Vacc to Normal" plan in April tying the future of COVID-19 restrictions to the percentage of residents who have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

On Tuesday, the state lifted outdoor capacity limits completely and raised indoor capacity limits to 50%. The state, Whitmer has said, is aiming to lift all of its mandates by July 1. 

As of Thursday, 58.5% of Michigan residents over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As children ages 12-15 in the state became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month, the increase in the population decreased the percentage of the population vaccinated to about 53%. 

Isaya Kabo, 13, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Lisa Kozlowski at a vaccine clinic on the Jack Roth Stadium Club level of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Moderna said last week that its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12 and aims to be next in line to distribute the vaccine to that age group. It plans to submit its teen data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other global regulators this month. 

Whitmer has said vaccine supply is now outpacing demand but is "hopeful we'll get to 70%.

Michigan's latest data

Michigan is out of the nation's top 10 at 55 cases per 100,000 — a decrease from a high of 519 cases per capita earlier in April. The Virgin Islands is leading at 96 cases per 100,000 people, outpacing Washington at 95 cases per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Southwest Michigan, the Grand Rapids area, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Lansing are experiencing the fastest growth in COVID-19 cases.

Those ages 10-19 have the highest case rates in the state, followed by 20-29, then 30-39. Since April, case rates have decreased more than 50% for those between the ages of 50 and 79.

From January to May, there have been 438 outbreaks from youth sports resulting in 1,664 infections, with the most clusters from basketball, hockey and wrestling. In the past week, the largest number of new cases have been baseball, dance, track, lacrosse and volleyball.

The state has the highest inpatient bed utilization and the fourth-highest death rate in the United States, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker.

Four states are seeing weekly increases in hospitalizations. Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Maryland and the city of Washington, D.C., have the highest per capita hospitalized patient numbers.

As of Tuesday, 888 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 with 261 in an intensive care unit and 174 others on ventilators. That's a 74% drop from April 19 when hospitalizations peaked with 4,158 patients.

State health department officials remain cautious as new variants of COVID-19 spread. The variants are identified through target testing and state officials expect there are cases of variants that have not been identified or recorded.

As of Friday, Michigan has 11,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants — the majority, or 10,957 cases, being B.1.1.7.

The state's fully vaccinated population includes 71% of all seniors 65 years and older, 56% of people aged 50 to 64; 43% of people age 40 to 49; 38% of people age 30 to 39; 28% of people age 20 to 29; and 25% of people age 16 to 19, according to the state's data tracker.

Michigan ranks ninth in the nation for the number of people who are fully vaccinated.

Less than 1% of people who are fully vaccinated test positive, according to the state's metrics.

In Detroit, vaccination rates lag. About 35% of residents so far have received one dose, according to the city's COVID-19 dashboard. That's compared to 59% in outer-Wayne County, 52% in Macomb County and 63% in Oakland and Washtenaw counties.

To ramp up vaccinations Detroit is offering "good neighbor" incentives and walk-up vaccination clinics at the TCF Center, Farewell Recreational Center, Northwest Activities Center and the Samaritan Center. No appointment is needed.

The virus is blamed for more than 594,000 deaths and 33.2 million confirmed infections in the U.S.

As of Monday, the state is tracking 692 active outbreaks including 11 new school outbreaks since last week at educational institutions including K-12 public and private schools.

Another 11 outbreaks were in long-term care facilities, four outbreaks were in day care and child care programs, six in manufacturing and four in retail.

The state considers 818,165 people recovered from the virus as of May 28. 

srahal@detroitnews.com

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