Michigan adds 3,827 cases, 112 deaths from COVID-19 over 2 days

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Michigan added 3,827 cases of COVID-19 and 112 deaths from the virus on Friday including totals from Thursday.

The state reported an average of 1,914 cases per day over the two days. Of Friday's tallied deaths, 61 were identified during a delayed records review, according to the state health department.

Friday's additions bring the state's overall total to 2,045,840 confirmed cases and 31,383 deaths since the virus was first detected here in March 2020.

In recent weeks, hospitalization rates and case counts in Michigan have been on the decline following a fourth surge of the virus. 

The latest figures come as the state and several Michigan counties have relaxed or intend to curtail regulations to stem the spread of the virus.

Wayne County lifted its emergency mask order for K-12 schools on Thursday, sooner than had been expected after the department said last week it intended to lift the order at the end of the month. The county's decision came after state health officials dropped public health advisories regarding mask usage in most indoor public settings and K-12 schools.

Health departments in Washtenaw and Oakland counties said they plan to lift COVID-19 orders related to K-12 schools at the end of the month due to drops in case rates and hospitalizations and increased vaccination rates. 

On Wednesday the state reported 1,785 adults and 57 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed infections and 79% of the state's inpatient hospital beds are occupied. 

It's a steep decline from records set on Jan. 10, when 4,580 adults were hospitalized with COVID-19. 

About 13% of the hospital beds were filled with COVID-19 patients and there were an average of 1,028 emergency room visits related to COVID-19 per day in the state as of Monday compared to 24% full and 2,889 daily emergency room visits due to the virus in the first week of January.

About 85% of COVID-19 hospitalizations are people who are unvaccinated, and 15% are breakthrough cases.

Case counts continue to drop from early January when the state set a new high mark with more than 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day.

Coming off the highest case numbers of the entire pandemic, all of Michigan's regions are experiencing declines in case rates and hospitalizations, the state health department noted Tuesday.

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Three medical teams from the Department of Defense remain in Michigan at Covenant Saginaw, Henry Ford Wyandotte and Lansing-based Sparrow Health System.

In Michigan, variants of the virus have moved at a high rate, proving more contagious than past variants and infecting both unvaccinated and vaccinated residents.

The state, as of Monday, confirmed 3,821 cases of omicron by genetic sequencing at the Michigan Bureau of Laboratories in Lansing. The majority are in southeast Michigan. 

Roughly 95% of cases of COVID-19 in the country are caused by the omicron variant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The percentage of COVID-19 tests returning positive in Michigan is on the decline. Minnesota and Indiana have the highest case rates in the Midwest; California and Texas have the highest case rates in the U.S.

About 65%, or 6.5 million, residents have received their first doses of a vaccine, as of Tuesday, and 59% are fully vaccinated. More than 215,000 children ages 5 to 11 in Michigan, or 26%, have received their first dose of the vaccine.

More than 2.79 million vaccine booster doses have been administered in Michigan. 

Approximately 2% of those fully vaccinated have been reported with a breakthrough infection, according to the state health department.

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