Michigan reports 8,574 coronavirus cases over 2 days


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan reported 8,574 more confirmed cases of coronavirus over the weekend, as well as 61 more related deaths.

The Monday update, which includes two days’ worth of data, brings the total number of confirmed cases in Michigan to 793,881 since the virus was first detected here more than a year ago and the total number of associated deaths to 16,901.

On Saturday, labs tested 35,308 samples for the virus and 4,667 were positive, a percentage of 13.22%. On Sunday, 35,443 samples were tested and 4,692, or 13.24%, were positive.

The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once. Additionally, testing numbers are from a single calendar date, while the number of new cases lists the increase since the last time the state compiled the data; these two time frames do not match up precisely.

Kent County on Monday reported one more death, bringing its total to 703. It confirmed 718 more cases for a total of 60,489.

Deaths were also added in several other West Michigan counties:

Berrien County: One more death for 241 total; 12,747 total cases.
Calhoun County: Two more deaths for 245 total; 10,850 total cases.
Kalamazoo County: One more death for 306 total; 17,666 total cases.
Kent: One more death for 703 total; 60,489 total cases.
Mecosta: One more death for 26 total; 2,632 total cases.
Montcalm: One more death for 92 total; 4,517 total cases.
Newaygo: One more death for 55 total; 3,802 total cases.
Ottawa: Two more deaths for 346 total; 26,835 total cases.

Wayne County, hit hardest the by virus, confirmed 1,677 more cases for a total of 134,025. The number of deaths is now at 4,182 (nine more than reported Saturday). Neighboring Oakland County has had 90,972 cases (855 more) and 2,012 deaths (four more). Macomb County has had 82,028 cases (1,145 more) and 2,008 deaths (six more).

The state has received nearly 8 million vaccine doses and more than 5.9 million of those have been administered. More than 45% of the state’s population over the age of 16 has received at least one shot. The goal is to reach 70%.

Calhoun and Ottawa counties are holding walk-in vaccine clinics this week. More information can be found on the Calhoun County website and the Ottawa County website.

Hospitalizations are rising quickly: On Monday, 4,158 adult inpatients were confirmed to have COVID-19, surpassing the fall peak of 3,884.

The good news is that the death rate has not grown at the same rate it did during the last surge. In early November, as cases were trending up and the rate was about the same as it is now, the seven-day average of the daily death rate was around 50. It is currently a little higher than 30.

With the pandemic continuing, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order would remain in effect through May 24. While most of it is unchanged, it did expand mask requirements to children as young as 2.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS have been reticent to institute stronger restrictions during this surge, instead pushing people to stick to mitigation protocols and get vaccinated as quickly as possible and promising expanded use of antibody and antiviral therapies for those who are sick.

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