Michigan added 6,080 cases and 85 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, including Thursday’s cases.
The latest figures from the state Department of Health bring the total to 1,008,069 cases and 20,866 deaths since the virus was first detected in the state in March 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 infection numbers have been on the rise for 11 weeks amid concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant.
So far this week, the state has added 19,344 cases and 201 deaths from the virus.
Last week the state added 18,313 cases and 159 deaths from the virus, an increase from the previous week when the state added 14,772 cases and 139 deaths.
The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set from November 15-21. The second highest weekly grand total was 47,316 from November 22-28.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which health experts hope will increase confidence in vaccinations. Approximately 66.5% of the Michigan population, ages 16 and older, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Friday.
State officials set a goal of reaching 70% and last month completed a lottery initiative giving those who got their vaccinations the chance to win cash prizes.
Approximately 51.8% or 5.2 million Michigan residents ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
All Michigan residents should wear masks in public, as per federal guidelines, suggests the CDC.
In the past 30 days, people who were not fully vaccinated developed a seven times higher rate of COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated and experienced COVID-19 deaths at a 30 times higher rate than fully vaccinated people. The vaccination against hospitalization persists strongly across different studies and settings, “said the department.
The state health department estimates that less than 1% of people vaccinated in Michigan are infected with the virus.
Michigan’s latest data
Michigan turned 15th in the past week, according to the CDC’s COVID data tracker in the United States.
Nationwide positivity is down to 8.8%, down from 9.7% last week.
Although case trends may be slowing, the proportion of children developing COVID-19 is increasing. In Michigan, over 50% of hospitalized children have no reported underlying medical conditions.
Higher transmission in the Michigan community is followed by a higher incidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. MIS-C is a disease in children in which several organ systems become inflamed or dysfunctional. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or extra tiredness. There are 168 cases in the state, most of which are in intensive care.
“It’s unclear what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been around someone with COVID-19, ”state health officials state in their weekly update.
Approximately 99% of the positive tests available for sequencing in Michigan have been identified as Delta Variants in the past four weeks.
The number of cases is highest among 10-19 year olds, followed by 30-39 year olds; Age 20-29; then 40-49.
The number of outbreaks is up 30% from last week, with 175 new outbreaks in the past week.
Last week, 408 active outbreaks were reported with 98 new K-12 school outbreaks, up from 74 school outbreaks the week before. There were 18 outbreaks in long-term care facilities and 14 in child or youth centers.
About 43% of school districts have a mask policy that covers about 60% of students. The fall rates in children are higher in counties where school districts do not have mask guidelines, according to the state health ministry.
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About 7% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, up from 6.8% last week.
As of Wednesday, 1,438 people with COVID-19 had been hospitalized, including 415 in an intensive care unit and 209 other patients on ventilators. The volume of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit has declined 3%, compared to a 16% increase last week.
Most of the patients who are hospitalized for the virus are not vaccinated, the state health department said.
State Department of Health officials remain cautious as new variants of COVID-19 spread. The variants are identified through target testing and state officials expect there will be cases of variants that have not been identified or recorded.
As of September 14, Michigan has more than 16,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants – the majority or 13,697 cases are B.1.1.7 or now known as the “Alpha” variant.
The first case of the alpha variantwas identified in January on a University of Michigan student who had traveled from the UK. There are 533 cases of the variant within the Michigan Department of Corrections following an outbreak of 90 cases at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia County.
The first case of the South African variant B.1.351 was confirmed by the State Bureau of Laboratories in a boy from Jackson County. There are a total of 88 cases of the variant.
The first case of the P.1. Variant from Brazil has been identified in a resident of Bay County. There are now 336 confirmed cases of P.1.
There are also 307 confirmed cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429, two variants that were formed in California.
The first case of B.1.617 was identified in Clinton County in May. The “Delta variant” was first detected in India in October. There are currently 2,785 cases in the state.
The virus has been blamed for more than 680,000 deaths and 42.5 million confirmed infections in the United States.
The state looked at 906,096 people on September 17 who had recovered from the virus.