GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has announced 1,960 coronavirus cases have been confirmed over the last two days. The state also recorded four more related deaths.
The Monday update brings the total number of confirmed cases in Michigan to 598,014 since the virus was first detected here nearly one y ear ago and the total number of deaths to 15,670.
On Saturday, labs tested 19,094 samples for the virus and 899, or 4.71%, were positive. On Sunday, 30,537 samples were tested and 1,527 were positive, a rate of 5%.
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.
The state has started tracking 48 more outbreaks at K-12 schools, college and universities, bringing the total to 141. Among the new outbreaks are ones at Portage Central Elementary and Portage Central High School (involving a total of more than 44 students and staff members), as well as the one at East Grand Rapids High School, which now includes 24 students.
Kent County confirmed 111 more cases for a total of 49,417. The number of deaths remained unchanged from Saturday at 659.
Calhoun County reported one more death for a total of 220. It has had 8,537 total cases.
Kalamazoo and Newaygo counties each revised their death totals down by one to 285 and 49, respectively. This has not been uncommon as cases are double-checked and sometimes moved between counties. Kalamazoo County has had 13,519 total cases and Newaygo County 2,790.
Wayne County, where Detroit is, confirmed 421 more cases for a total of 96,410 since the start of the pandemic. Its number of deaths stood at 3,951. Neighboring Oakland County has had 65,546 cases (123 more than were reported Saturday) and 1,908 deaths (no change). Macomb County has had 56,203 cases (178 more) and 1,877 deaths (two more).
The state’s case and hospitalization rates have plateaued, while the rate of daily positive tests has crept up a few tenths of a percentage point over the last week or so. The rate of deaths, the metric that changes last, is still trending down.
As of Monday, Michigan facilities had received nearly 3.4 million vaccine doses from the federal government and about 2.6 million of those had been administered. As of Sunday, 1,698,608 people had gotten only their first shot, while 950,178 were considered fully vaccinated with two shots.
Last week, for the first time, the state reached its goal of an average of 50,000 shots per day. While three days (Sunday, Monday and Saturday) saw fewer than 50,000 doses given, three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) handily surpassed 70,000 shots. The peak was 77,747 doses on Thursday.
The state on Monday opened up vaccine eligibility to more people: those over 50 with a preexisting condition, those who are homeless, and parents of children with special health needs. Eligibility will be expanded to everyone over the age of 50 regardless of whether they have a preexisting condition on March 22.
Michigan’s first two cases of the virus were confirmed on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked Michigan residents to turn on the lights outside their homes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. this March 10, Wednesday, to honor those who have died after contracting the virus.
“We’ve had a difficult year and lost so many fellow Michiganders,” Whitmer said in a statement released Monday. “On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist and I urge everyone to turn on their porch lights for an hour, so that we can remember those we’ve lost and remind ourselves that even in times of darkness, we’re in this together. As we mark this occasion, we also look towards the light at the end of the tunnel. We have three safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of science, that will help protect you, your family, and others from COVID and help us get our country and the economy back to normal.”