The Perfect Enemy | Michigan adds 6,530 cases, 260 deaths from COVID-19 over last week - Detroit News
February 2, 2023

Michigan adds 6,530 cases, 260 deaths from COVID-19 over last week – Detroit News

Michigan adds 6,530 cases, 260 deaths from COVID-19 over last week  Detroit News

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The state added 6,530 cases of COVID-19 over the past week, with 260 deaths, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

Michigan reported an average of about 933 cases per day over the last seven days, a 33% decrease from a daily average of 1,384 cases a week prior.

On Jan. 17, the state said it had added 9,687 cases and 184 deaths from the virus in the previous week. The state tally does not include those who test positive with an at-home test.

On Monday, the state reported that 784 adults and 16 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed infections, a decrease from the previous reported totals of 983 adults and 24 children. Inpatient records were set on Jan. 10, 2022, when 4,580 adults were hospitalized with COVID-19.

On Monday in Michigan, about 5% of the state’s hospital beds were filled with COVID-19 patients, and there was an average of 1,040 emergency room visits related to COVID-19 per day in the state. That compares with 24% of hospital beds being full and 2,889 daily emergency room visits due to the virus in the first week of January 2022.

All Metro Detroit health departments are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that recommend indoor masking for public settings and K-12 schools.

The federal Food and Drug Administration in September signed off on updated versions of the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) gave its approval, as did CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and is now available in Michigan. 

The CDC recently expanded the use of updated COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months through 5 years, following the FDA’s amendment of Emergency Use Authorizations for the updated vaccines.

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Michigan data

Michigan surpassed 3 million cases of COVID-19 last week as the pandemic continues to ebb after nearly three years.

The state surpassed 2 million cases on Feb. 4, 2022, when the fourth wave reached a high mark of nearly 20,000 cases per day.

Tuesday’s additions bring the state’s overall totals to 3,024,478 cases and 41,445 deaths since the virus was first detected here in March 2020.

As of Monday, no counties in Michigan are at a “high level” for the increased burden on health care or severe disease. Thirty-four Michigan counties have a “medium” transmission level, according to the state health department.

In Michigan, 321 cases of a rare inflammatory condition in children linked with the coronavirus have been reported to the CDC. About 62% of kids with the syndrome are admitted to intensive care units, and there have been five deaths.

About 69% of state residents, or 6.9 million, have received their first doses of a vaccine, and 60% are fully vaccinated. More than 256,000 children ages 5-11 in Michigan, or 31%, have received their first dose of the vaccine.

More than 3.6 million individuals, or 38% of the eligible population, have received a vaccine booster.

srahal@detroitnews.com