For fifth straight week, COVID-19 cases fall in Michigan; hospitalizations also decreasing – MLive.com

From June 15 to Tuesday, Michigan reported 10,681 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 69 deaths.

The state switched this week to reporting coronavirus numbers on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays.

Tuesday’s total includes 9,275 confirmed cases and 47 confirmed deaths. The state is averaging for the last seven days, 1,588 confirmed cases and eight deaths.

On Wednesday, June 15, the state had a seven-day average of 1,852 cases a day and 15 deaths.

This is the fifth consecutive week the seven-day average of daily cases has declined. The most new cases per-capita were mostly in counties in northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and southeast Michigan. Kalamazoo county, however, also was among the top 10 counties with new cases per 100,000 people.

As of April 6, the state Department of Health and Human Services began including both probable and confirmed cases in its totals. (A case is confirmed only when there is a positive PCR test. Cases are classified probable when there was no such tests but a doctor and/or an antigen test labeled them COVID.)

In total, there have been more than 2.59 million confirmed and probable cases, and 36,744 confirmed and probable deaths since the start of the pandemic in Michigan. Of them, 2,251,409 cases and 33,723 deaths are confirmed. About 341,000 cases and 3,021 deaths are probable.

Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic. (Can’t see the chart? Click here.)

Cases by counties

Only Presque Isle County in northern Michigan reported no new cases since June 15.

The following 10 counties have seen the most new, confirmed cases per 100,000 people in six days: Iron (198), Keweenaw (196), Gogebic (167), Kalamazoo (125), Washtenaw (123), Ontonagon (120), Mackinac (120), Oakland (116), Macomb (111) and Houghton (104).

Without adjusting for population, these 10 counties have seen the greatest number of new cases from June 15 to Tuesday: Wayne (1,856), Oakland (1,482), Macomb (980), Kent (615), Washtenaw (459), Kalamazoo (327), Ingham (284), Genesee (228), Ottawa (216) and Saginaw (163).

Kalamazoo, Macomb and Oakland are on both lists, demonstrating a higher case level.

The chart below shows new cases for the past 30 days by county based on onset of symptoms. In this chart, numbers for the most recent days are incomplete because of the lag time between people getting sick and getting a confirmed coronavirus test result, which can take up to a week or more.

You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over or tap on a bar to see the date and number of cases.

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Hospitalization

Hospitalizations are still decreasing, as they have been for weeks. The number of pediatric patients, however, is up this week. Patients in intensive care and on ventilators this week is little changed compared to last week.

As of Tuesday, hospitals statewide were treating 750 adult and 27 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. This includes 93 adult patients in intensive care and 37 on ventilators.

On June 15, hospitals statewide were treating 836 adult and 19 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases. This included 39 patients on ventilators and 98 adults in intensive care.

On Jan. 10, at the worst of the omicron surge, the state had about 5,000 total patients, including about 860 in intensive care and about 540 on ventilators.

Deaths

Deaths are down this week. During the previous two weeks, the seven-day daily average was flat.

Wayne County reported the most deaths, 10, from June 15 to Tuesday. Macomb County had six and Oakland County reported five.

Below is a chart that tracks the state’s seven-day average for reported COVID-19 deaths per day over the course of the pandemic. (These are based on the date reported, not necessarily on the date of death.)

Can’t see the chart below? Click here.

Testing

Due to a technical issue, the state’s testing data has not been updated since Friday, June 17, a spokesperson said.

On Thursday, June 16, 11.7% of about 13,700 tests were positive in Michigan. A week earlier, on June 9, 9.7% of about 24,300 tests were positive.

Michigan’s online dashboard will be updated when the issue has been resolved.

Can’t see the chart? Click here.

The interactive map below shows the seven-day average testing rate by county. You can put your cursor over a county to see the underlying data.

COVID-19 vaccinations

As of June 15, 66.3% of eligible residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to Michigan health department data. The previous week, the rate was the same.

About 60.8% of eligible residents have completed their initial series, and 34.7% of those five and older have received a booster dose. Of those who are fully vaccinated, 58.3% have gotten a booster shot.

Late last week, federal authorities approved Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children 6 months to 4. This is the last age group to gain vaccine eligibility. However, this data does not yet reflect that change.

Below is a chart that shows vaccination rates by county for people 5 and older. (Can’t see the chart? Click here.)

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page.

To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test find send an email to COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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