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Michigan’s daily COVID case average hits 2-month high

Michigan’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases has reached its highest point in eight weeks as the BA.5 omicron subvariant continues its spread.

On Tuesday, July 26, state health officials announced a seven-day total of 19,653 new confirmed and probable COVID cases, and 137 new confirmed and probable deaths.

The additions bring the state’s averages to 2,369 new cases and 13 new deaths per day over the last week. The case count is up nearly 19% from a week ago, and marks the highest average since late May.

Meanwhile, the daily average for COVID deaths dipped for the second consecutive week.

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 2.67 million confirmed and probable cases, and 37,428 confirmed and probable deaths since the start of the pandemic in Michigan. Of them, 2,318,307 cases and 34,250 deaths are confirmed. About 354,005 cases and 3,178 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

Eighty-two Michigan counties reported new cases last week, with Oscoda being the lone exception. Fifteen counties saw declines from the previous week, while the majority of 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: Keweenaw (391), Baraga (319), Branch (254), Schoolcraft (236), Gogebic (223), Oceana (218), Kalamazoo (217), Hillsdale (214), Calhoun (209), and Dickinson (208).

Without adjusting for population, these 10 counties have seen the greatest number of new cases since July 19: Wayne (3,296), Oakland (2,384), Macomb (1,824), Kent (1,037), Washtenaw (770), Kalamazoo (569), Genesee (479), Ingham (387), Ottawa (382), and Saginaw (336).

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.)

Can’t see the map? Click here.

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.

Can’t see the chart? Click here.

Hospitalization

As of Tuesday, there were 942 adult and 33 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 being treated across Michigan’s hospitals. That’s up from 882 adults and 22 pediatrics a week ago.

Among the hospitalized patients Tuesday, 98 were receiving intensive care and 33 were on ventilators — both declines from last week.

Health systems are 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

Health officials closely monitor deaths as an assessment of the severity of coronavirus transmission. Deaths have stayed at or below 20 per day since late March.

Thirty-seven counties reported at least one new death in the last seven days, led by Wayne with 19 and Oakland with 15. Other leading counties included Macomb with eight, Calhoun, Jackson and Eaton with four each, and Kent and Berrien with three deaths each.

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

In the last seven days, 19.4% of tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2. That’s up from 18.1% last week, and 17.1% the week prior.

On Monday, July 25, about 19.9% of the more than 12,100 PCR tests came back positive.

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 Wednesday, July 20, about 62.8% of residents had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to Michigan health department data.

About 57.7% of residents of all ages have completed their initial series, and 35.1% of individuals five and older have received a booster dose.

Approximately 14,747 children ages 6 months to 4 years old have gotten their first dose since mid-June, with recipients split between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. That’s about 4,105 more than a week ago.

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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