Michigan adds 17,003 cases, 280 deaths from COVID-19 in two days
Michigan added 17,003 cases and 280 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, including Tuesday’s cases.
The additions bring state totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,276,264 confirmed cases and 23,595 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The state averaged 8,502 cases over the two days. Of the last reported deaths, 143 were identified during a vitals assessment, state health officials noted.
Michigan broke the weekly record of new cases last week, setting a seven-day total of 53,575 — a new record not seen during the entire coronavirus pandemic.
Weekly caseloads escalated throughout the month. From November 8-13, the state added 31,072 cases and 293 deaths from the virus, up from the first week in November, when the state added 29,171 cases and 292 deaths from the virus.
So far this week, the state has added 34,011 cases and 363 deaths from the virus.
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services issued an opinion on Friday recommend that people wear masks at indoor gatherings, regardless of their vaccination status.
The state also encouraged companies to enact policies to ensure that all people entering, including employees, wear masks and advised individuals who are not fully vaccinated or immunocompromised to avoid large crowds or gatherings.
“The increase in the number of cases, the rate of positivity and hospitalizations are of great concern to us,” Elizabeth Hertel, director of the state’s health department, said Friday.
“We are issuing the face mask advice and asking Michigan residents to do their part to help protect their friends, their families and their communities by wearing masks indoors and getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and as soon as possible.” flu like they haven’t done that yet.”
The face mask advice will remain in effect until further notice, according to Friday’s announcement.
More than a year ago, on November 15, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her administration’s “pause to save lives,” imposing extensive restrictions that restricted gatherings in high schools, colleges, and restaurants to fight what she said. described as the “worst moment” yet in the COVID-19 pandemic. Those restrictions ended in June.
But the rise in cases and deaths has not led to new mandates at the state level. Whitmer officials have preferred to encourage local and state officials to issue public health regulations, such as mask mandates.
The latest data from Michigan
Michigan remains at a high transmission rate and the percentage of tests that come back positive is up from last week.
Last week, 17.3% of Michigan’s COVID-19 tests were positive, the largest weekly positivity rate since The Detroit News began tracking the statistic in June 2020.
The number of hospitalizations in Michigan due to COVID-19 is at its highest in seven months. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association sounded the alarm on Monday about almost record hospital admissions.
On Monday, 3,699 adults and 42 children were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to state data, at least 831 adults are in the ICU and 488 on ventilators.
Monday’s total of adults hospitalized with confirmed cases marks a 26% increase from a week ago and the highest number since April 26, when 3,470 were hospitalized.
The state’s record for most adult hospitalizations with confirmed cases of the virus came on April 19 with 4,158 patients admitted.
John Karasinski, a spokesperson for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, has said the growth is worrying as hospitals have experienced a 40% increase in daily emergency care since October 2020. Total hospital bed occupancy in Michigan is 10% higher than in Michigan. in the fall wave when the state peaked on Dec. 1, 2020, with 4,283 COVID-19 hospitalizations, he said.
About 13.9% of hospital beds are filled with COVID-19 patients, compared to 11.6% the week before. There are an average of 2,437 emergency room visits each day in the state related to COVID-19.
The majority of patients hospitalized due to the virus have not been vaccinated, the state’s health department said.
As of November 15, nine hospitals were fully occupied, including Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hurley Medical Center, Mid-Michigan Medical-Gratiot, Munising Memorial Hospital, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, Sparrow Eaton, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital.
In August, the US Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which health experts hoped would boost confidence in vaccines.
About 54.8% of Michigan residents ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
The release of the vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds comes after Pfizer’s childhood vaccine was approved by the FDA, and there are more than 840,000 children of that age in Michigan. So far, more than 87,000 children, or 10%, have received their first dose in Michigan.
More than 1.2 million booster doses have been administered in Michigan. Of these, more than 35% of 65-74 year-olds have received a booster; 20% of 50-64 year olds and 75 years and older; 9% of 40-49; and 8% of 30-39 year olds. Most boosters administered are concentrated in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County administered the most boosters, according to state tracking data.
About 1.5% of those who are fully vaccinated have been reported with a breakthrough infection, according to the state’s health department.
The number of active outbreaks has risen to 236 new outbreaks since last week. Transmission levels remain highest for those 10-19 years old.
There were 140 new outbreaks at K-12 schools in Michigan last week, for a total of 470 ongoing outbreaks. About 7% of school districts have repealed their school mask policies, bringing the total to 42% of school districts that mandate masks.
Child cases are higher in counties where school districts don’t have mask policies, according to the state’s health department.
In Michigan, more than 50% of children hospitalized for the virus have no underlying conditions.
Outbreaks have led to an increase in the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. MIS-C is a condition in children in which multiple organ systems become inflamed or dysfunctional. There are 176 cases in the state and the majority, or 71%, are in the ICU. Five people have been killed.
As of Tuesday, Michigan has more than 18,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants — the majority, or 13,667 cases, being B.1.1.7 — the “alpha” variant.
The delta variant accounts for 11,439 known cases and has spread statewide.
The virus is responsible for more than 765,000 deaths and 47.3 million confirmed infections in the United States.
The state considered 1,048,073 million people who had recovered from the virus as of Nov. 10.