Michigan reports 3,215 new COVID-19 cases; state moves to one day a week reporting

Michigan health officials reported a five-day total of 3,215 new COVID-19 cases and 70 new deaths Wednesday, April 6, although the data has been tweaked slightly compared to prior updates.

Previously, the Department of Health and Human Services updated its COVID-19 case and death counts three times per week, typically on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The state also separated “confirmed” cases and deaths from those deemed “probable,” meaning a physician and/or antigen test determined it was COVID-19 but there wasn’t a confirmatory PCR test completed.

Beginning this week, the state will only provide these data updates on Wednesdays moving forward. Additionally, Michigan is combining its confirmed and probable cases/deaths together, to allow for easier trend comparison nationally, according to an MDHHS spokesperson.

Wednesday’s update brought the state’s seven-day averages to 697 confirmed cases and 13 confirmed deaths per day. That’s up from 627 cases and 17 deaths per day a week ago.

In total, there have been more than 2.39 million confirmed and probable cases, and 35,776 confirmed and probable deaths in Michigan since the start of the pandemic. Among those totals, 2,083,827 cases and 32,923 deaths are confirmed, while 309,438 cases and 2,853 deaths are probable.

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

The following counties had the most new confirmed cases per 100,000 people over the last five days: Washtenaw (115.8), Oakland (50.3), Macomb (41), Wayne (39.4), St. Clair (38.7), Van Buren (38.4), Mackinac (36.9), Mason (34.4), Grand Traverse (33.6), and Livingston (31.5).

Without adjusting for population, these counties had the most new cases over that time: Wayne (707), Oakland (641), Washtenaw (431), Macomb (361), Kent (121), Ingham (80), Kalamazoo (79) , Ottawa (70), St. Clair (62) and Livingston (61).

The arrows and colors on the map below show per-capita cases this week compared to the previous week in Michigan’s 83 counties. You can put your cursor over 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 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 a bar to see the date and number of cases.

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Hospitalization

As of Wednesday, hospitals statewide were treating 453 adults and 17 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. That includes 39 patients on ventilators, and 96 adults in intensive care.

Those counts are each down slightly from a week ago.

On Jan. 10, at the worst of the omicron arises, the state had about 5,000 total patients, including about 860 in intensive care and about 540 on ventilators.

deaths

Twenty-eight counties reported at least one confirmed death since Friday. Wayne County had 10, while Oakland had eight, Macomb had five, and Kent, Ingham, St. Clair, Monroe and Eaton each had three.

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

On average for the last seven days, about 4.7% of Michigan tests were positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is up from about 3.4% a week ago.

On Tuesday, April 5, about 3.6% of the more than 27,860 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.

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COVID-19 vaccinations

As of Wednesday, 65.8% of eligible residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. About 60.4% of that population has completed their initial series, and 36.5% of the 12 and old population has gotten a booster dose.

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.

Do you have a coronavirus-related question you’d like answered? submit it to covidquestions@mlive.com.

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