Michigan adds 6,080 cases, 85 deaths from COVID-19 in 2 days
Michigan added 6,080 cases and 85 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, including cases from Thursday.
The latest tally from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services brings the total to 1,008,069 cases and 20,866 deaths since the virus was first detected in the state in March 2020.
The number of COVID-19 infections in Michigan has been trending upward for 11 weeks amid concerns over the highly contagious delta variant.
So far this week, the state has added 19,344 cases and 201 deaths from the virus.
Last week, the state added 18,313 cases and 159 deaths from the virus, an increase from the previous week when the state added 14,772 cases and 139 deaths.
The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set from November 15 to 21. The second highest weekly total was 47,316 from November 22 to 28.
Earlier this month, the United States Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which health experts say will boost confidence in vaccinations. About 66.5% of Michigan’s population aged 16 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday.
State officials set a target of reaching 70% and last month concluded a lottery initiative that gave those who received their vaccines the chance to win cash prizes.
About 51.8% or 5.2 million Michigan residents aged 12 and older are fully immunized.
All Michigan residents should wear masks while in public under federal guidelines, suggests the CDC.
In the past 30 days, people who are not fully vaccinated have developed COVID-19 at a rate seven times higher than those who are fully vaccinated “and have suffered COVID deaths at a rate 30 times greater than that of fully vaccinated people. Vaccine protection against hospitalization remains strong in various studies and contexts, “said the department.
The state health department estimates that less than 1% of people vaccinated in Michigan contract the virus.
Michigan’s latest data
Michigan has the 15th lowest case rate and the seventh lowest death rate in the past week in the United States, according to the CDC’s COVID data tracker.
Statewide positivity declined to 8.8% from 9.7% last week.
Although case trends may slow, the proportion of children who become ill with COVID-19 is increasing. In Michigan, more than 50% of children hospitalized did not report any underlying conditions.
Higher community transmission in Michigan is followed by a higher incidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. MIS-C is a condition in children where several organ systems become inflamed or dysfunctional. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. There are 168 cases in the state, the majority are in intensive care.
“It is not known what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, or have known someone with COVID-19,” note state health officials in its weekly update on the cast.
About 99% of the positive tests available for sequencing in Michigan have been identified as the delta variant in the past four weeks.
Case rates are highest for 10-19 year olds, followed by 30-39 year olds; 20-29 years old; then 40-49.
The number of outbreaks is up 30% from last week with 175 new outbreaks last week.
There were 408 active outbreaks reported last week with 98 new outbreaks in K-12 schools, up from 74 outbreaks in schools the week before. There have been 18 outbreaks in long-term care facilities and 14 in child and adolescent care centers.
About 43% of school districts have a mask policy, covering about 60% of students. Childhood case rates are highest in counties where school districts do not have a mask policy, according to the state health department.
About 7% of hospital beds are filled with COVID-19 patients, up from 6.8% last week.
As of Wednesday, 1,438 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 415 in an intensive care unit and 209 other patients on ventilators. The volume of COVID-19 patients in intensive care fell 3% from a 16% increase last week.
The majority of patients hospitalized with the virus are not vaccinated, the state health department said.
State health department officials remain cautious as new variants of COVID-19 spread. Variants are identified through targeted testing, and state officials expect there to be cases of variants that have not been identified or recorded.
As of September 14, Michigan had more than 16,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants – the majority, 13,697 cases, being B.1.1.7 or now known as the “Alpha” variant.
The first case of the Alpha variantwas identified in January in a University of Michigan student who had traveled from the UK. There are 533 cases of the variant within the Michigan Department of Corrections after an outbreak of 90 cases at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia County.
The first case of the South African variant B.1.351 was confirmed by the Bureau of State Laboratories in a boy living in Jackson County. There are a total of 88 cases of the variant.
The first case of the P.1. brazil variant was identified in a Bay County resident. There are now 336 confirmed cases of P.1.
There are also 307 confirmed cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429, two variants formed in California.
The virus is responsible for more than 680,000 deaths and 42.5 million confirmed infections in the United States.
The state estimated that 906,096 people have recovered from the virus as of September 17.