Michigan adds 29,267 cases, 78 deaths from COVID-19 over past week

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

COVID cases rose for the sixth straight week as Michigan added 29,267 cases and 78 deaths from the virus on Wednesday, including totals from the previous six days.

The state reported an average of about 4,181 cases per day over the seven days, a slight increase from 3,958 cases per day a week prior.

After declining for nearly three months, hospitalization rates in Michigan also increased for the sixth straight week.

On May 11, the state said it had added 27,705 cases and 76 deaths from the virus. On May 4, the state health department announced Michigan added 18,945 cases and 62 deaths from the virus over the previous seven days.

Between May 9-15, about 16.3% of Michigan's COVID-19 tests returned positive. 

All Metro Detroit health departments are following CDC's guidelines to recommend indoor masking for public settings and K-12 schools as the rate of infection has grown from "medium" to "high."

Wednesday's additions bring the state's overall total to 2,501,863 cases and 36,218 deaths since the virus was first detected here in March 2020.

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

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On Monday, the state reported 965 adults and 34 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed infections, an increase from 740 adults and 25 children last week.

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

About 6.2% of the state's hospital beds were filled with COVID-19 patients and there were an average of 1,139 emergency room visits related to COVID-19 per day in the state as of Monday. That compares to 24% of hospital beds being full and 2,889 daily emergency room visits due to the virus in the first week of January.

However, 16 Michigan counties remain at a "high" level for the increased burden on health care or severe disease: Antrim, Benzie, Calhoun, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Livingston, Mackinac, Macomb, Manistee, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. Another 28 counties have a "medium" transmission level, according to the state health department.

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Case counts are well below early January when the state set a new high mark with more than 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day.

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.

A new iteration of the omicron variant, BA.2, is now the dominant across Michigan and the country, but experts say another surge of cases is unlikely.

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its approval of remdesivir on April 25, making it the first COVID-19 treatment for children under age 12.

In Michigan, 293 cases of a rare inflammatory condition in children linked with the coronavirus have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 65% of kids with the syndrome are admitted to intensive care units and there have been five deaths.

In Michigan, residents ages 30 to 39 currently have the highest case rate of any age group.

As of Monday, 130 new outbreaks were reported over the prior week. The majority, 67 outbreaks, were in long-term care facilities and senior assisted living centers. Another 48 outbreaks were in K-12 schools and seven were in daycare programs. The state is tracking 310 ongoing outbreak cases.

About 66%, or 6.6 million, state residents have received their first doses of a vaccine, and 60% are fully vaccinated. More than 231,000 children ages 5 to 11 in Michigan, or 28%, have received their first dose of the vaccine.

More than 3.1 million, or 36.7% of the eligible population, have received a vaccine booster in Michigan and 5.2 million are fully vaccinated.

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