Michigan reports 16,137 new COVID cases, 137 new deaths

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Health officials identified 16,137 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 over the last week, which is less than half of the previous week’s total.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also reported 137 COVID deaths from the last week. The state reports new cases and deaths once per week, typically on Tuesday afternoons.

With the new additions, Michigan’s seven-day average for COVID cases dropped from 2,512 to 1,919 per day, while its average for deaths climbed slightly from 12 to 15.

MDHHS has included both probable and confirmed cases in its totals since April 6. (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 2.7 million confirmed and probable cases, and 37,671 confirmed and probable deaths since the start of the pandemic in Michigan. Of them, 2,349,334 cases and 34,449 deaths are confirmed. About 359,288 cases and 3,222 deaths are probable.

Health officials acknowledge case counts are likely underestimates due to the transition to more at-home testing. By leaning more heavily on over-the-counter tests, residents are less likely to report their results to the local health department.

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

All 83 Michigan counties reported new cases last week. Thirty-three counties saw declines from the previous week, while 50 counties reported a week-to-week increase.

The following 10 counties have seen the most new, confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days: Ontonagon (310), Iron (301), Keweenaw (293), Schoolcraft (224), Macomb (174), Saginaw (174) , Calhoun (170), Lenawee (168), Wayne (164), and Branch (163).

Without adjusting for population, these 10 counties have seen the greatest number of new cases since July 19: Wayne (2,937), Oakland (1,799), Macomb (1,535), Kent (720), Washtenaw (553), Genesee (444), Kalamazoo (373), Ingham (364), Saginaw (331), and Jackson (254).

The arrows and colors on the map below show per-capita cases compared to the previous week in Michigan’s 83 counties. Hover over or tap on a county to see the underlying data. (Hint: Drag the map with your cursor to see the entire Upper Peninsula.)

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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

As of Tuesday, there were 1,117 adult and 30 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 being treated across Michigan’s hospitals. The adult patient count climbed from 1,030 last week, while the youth count dropped from 42 during that time.

Among the hospitalized patients on Tuesday, 120 were receiving intensive care and 33 were on ventilators.

Health systems are still nowhere near the height of the omicron surge, which saw about 5,000 patients in the hospital as of Jan. 10. Among those patients, 860 were in the ICU and 540 on ventilators.

Deaths

While case tracking has become more challenging with the rise in at-home testing, COVID deaths remain a key indicator for public health officials.

Thirty-five counties reported at least one new death in the last seven days, led by Wayne with 31 and Oakland with 11. Other leading counties included Macomb with six, Kalamazoo and Berrien with five each, Ingham with four, and Kent, Washtenaw, Jackson and Cass with three each.

Deaths have stayed at or below 20 per day since late March.

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.)

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Testing

In the last seven days, 21.5% of tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2. That’s up from 19.4% two weeks ago.

On Monday, Aug. 8, about 24% of PCR tests came back positive.

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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 Wednesday, Aug. 3, about 63.1% of residents had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to Michigan health department data. That’s up 0.3% from two weeks ago.

About 57.8% of residents of all ages have completed their initial series, and 35.4% of individuals five and older have received a booster dose.

Approximately 21,404 children ages 6 months to 4 years old have gotten their first dose since mid-June. About 7,320 of those kids have gotten their second dose to date.

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 am and 5 pm on weekdays.

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