Michigan among states with highest COVID-19 positivity rate – The Morning Sun

Michigan has averaged 3,096 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week, down 13.3% from the daily average of 3,574 cases reported the previous 7 days.

Michigan public health officials on Wednesday reported 21,675 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 121 additional confirmed deaths from the virus over the past seven days.

The latest seven-day case total brought the state’s total confirmed cases to 2,197,324 and total confirmed deaths to 33,428 since the start of the pandemic. According to the MDHHS, these new case and death totals represent data collected from Thursday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 25.

On Tuesday, a total of 2,400 cases of the omicron BA.2 subvariants were confirmed in Michigan. MDHHS officials say the highly transmissible subvariant is causing an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases.

Since April 24, the BA.2 subvariant has accounted for more than 98% of positive COVID-19 tests that have been sequenced from Michigan cases. 6% of these subvariant cases have been confirmed in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties (1,487 total cases).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Michigan’s 7-day average COVID-19 case rate is 293 cases per day per 100,000 population, up from 277 cases per day per 100,000 population last week. That’s a 5.7% increase and the 9th highest case rate of any state.

The state’s 7-day average test positivity rate fluctuates between 15 and 20 percent, with more than 166,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in the past week, up from more than 153,000 the previous week.

Michigan is one of six states (Delaware, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Nevada) with a COVID-19 test positivity rate of at least 15%, according to the CDC.

On Monday, the state reported 120 new outbreaks of COVID-19, the majority from long-term care facilities (59) and schools (43). COVID-19 outbreaks are generally defined as two or more cases with a link by location and time indicating shared exposure outside of a household.

You can view the latest MDHHS response data and modeling update by visiting: michigan.gov/coronavirus/0.9753.7-406-98163_98173_105123—,00.html.

COVID-19 Community Levels

To determine whether a community needs to strengthen its pandemic protective measures, the CDC looks at three key metrics, including: new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the last 7 days, percentage of hospital beds staffed hospitals with COVID-19 patients, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the last 7 days.

These metrics are used to classify a county’s COVID-19 community level as low, medium, or high and are an indication of the current strain on local health systems. Levels are updated every Thursday.

In Michigan, as of May 19, the most recent update available, 31 of the state’s 83 counties have low COVID-19 community levels while the remaining 52 counties have medium COVID-19 community levels (30 ) or high (22). Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties are among the counties with a high COVID-19 community level.

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Hospitalizations

Statewide, there are 962 Michigan adults and children hospitalized with a confirmed positive COVID-19, a decrease of 3.9% from May 18, a total of 1,002 patients and a decrease from the peak of January 15 of 4,578 patients. About 75% to 80% of hospital beds in the state are occupied.

The 7-day average of total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan is 958, down from 865 the previous 7 days. That’s a 31.6% week-over-week increase.

The 7-day average number of Michiganders admitted to hospital with confirmed COVID-19 is 153, up from 149 the previous week, according to the CDC.

As of May 24, a total of 37 Michigan hospitals were still reporting critical staffing shortages. Compared to the same period last year, MDHHS reports that there are 1,132 (5%) fewer hospital beds and 202 (8%) fewer ICU beds.

How to find COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites

You can find facilities offering free over-the-counter COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccination sites nearest you by visiting: michigan.gov/coronavirus/. You can also order free COVID-19 tests by visiting usps.com/covidtests.

Facilities offering free KN95 face masks can be found by visiting Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan.

COVID.gov is another website that can help people in Michigan get better access to vaccines, tests, treatments, and masks, as well as get the latest updates on COVID-19 in their area.

The website also features a new Test-to-Treat locator that will help people locate and access pharmacies and community health centers to get tested for COVID-19 and receive appropriate treatment if they need it. .

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