For the first time in 3 months, no county in Michigan has high levels of COVID

None of Michigan’s 83 counties had high levels of coronavirus transmission in the latest assessment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state had 32 medium-risk and 51 low-risk counties as of Thursday, October 13. That’s an improvement from last week, when two counties – Delta and Gogebic – were at high risk and 34 at medium risk.

The CDC uses its community levels to determine COVID risk, placing counties in one of three buckets: low (green), medium (yellow), or high (orange). When a county enters the high transmission level, it is recommended that masks be worn indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status.

Michigan has had one or more counties in the orange for three months, dating back to mid-July. Four weeks ago, there were 14 such counties.

People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask, regardless of where they live. Health officials continue to monitor a possible fall surge, but so far cases have generally remained constant since the start of summer.

Here is the latest map showing the community level for each county in Michigan. Tap or hover over a county to see details.

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The CDC considers cases and hospitalizations when determining the risk of COVID for an area. The aim is to prevent serious illnesses and limit the pressure on hospitals.

For community levels, the CDC looks at three factors for each county: the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by COVID patients, COVID hospital admissions per capita, and COVID cases per capita.

A county is at a high level when there are 200 or more new cases per 100,000 in the past week and either (A) more than 10 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 or (B) when at least 10% of inpatient beds are occupied by COVID patients.

If hospitalizations are particularly high, even a county with low cases may be high, according to the CDC’s formula.

(Not all counties have hospitals, so each is assigned a health service area, a geographic region that contains at least one hospital. Counties receive the calculated metrics for the entire area, weighted by each county’s population (Example: Monroe The County Health Services area also includes the Toledo, Ohio area.)

Here’s more on where Michigan stands with COVID.

Michigan is reporting 1,408 cases a day over the past week

Daily reported COVID cases fell another 2.6% last week, bringing the seven-day average to a six-month low.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports COVID cases once a week. MDHHS announced 12,548 confirmed and probable cases this week.

Michigan has reported nearly 2.5 million confirmed COVID cases and more than 390,600 probable cases since the pandemic began. A case diagnosed by a doctor and/or an antigen test, but without a confirmatory PCR test, is classified as “probable”.

At this time last year, Michigan was reporting an average of 3,603 cases per day, although home testing was less common. People who self-administer a COVID test are less likely to report their case than those at clinics and other testing sites.

The chart below shows the seven-day average of new confirmed COVID cases throughout the pandemic.

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Michigan ranks 8th in the United States for new cases per capita

Michigan has had the eighth highest number of new COVID cases per capita over the past week among the 50 U.S. states, according to The New York Times. Michigan ranked 10th last week and eighth the week before.

The states with the highest COVID rates are Kentucky, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New York and Maine. The states with the lowest reported COVID rates right now are Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana and Texas.

For COVID hospitalizations per capita, Michigan ranks 10th this week. For COVID deaths per capita, Michigan was ranked seventh this week.

40 counties have seen the number of cases increase in the past seven days

Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 40 had more cases reported this week than last week, up from 27 counties on the rise a week ago.

Consult the database below to search/sort case totals by county. The graph also shows the percentage change from week to week and the seven-day average of cases per capita.

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13 Michigan counties most at risk for cases

Using the state health department’s five-level risk assessment, there were 13 counties at the highest risk level (E-level) for cases over the past week, compared to 14 counties there. a week ago and 23 the week before.

The five levels:

  • Level A: 7 to 19 cases per day per million inhabitants
  • Level B: 20 ​​to 39 cases per day per million
  • Level C: 40 to 69 cases per day per million
  • Level D: 70-149 cases per day per million
  • Level E: 150+ cases per day per million

The counties with the highest COVID rates this week were Ontonagon, Jackson, Macomb, Wayne and Iosco. The lowest COVID rates this week were in St. Joseph, Luce, Charlevoix and Schoolcraft counties.

The map below is shaded by the state’s six risk assessment levels from A to E. This is based on new cases reported per day and per million people from October 5-10.

Arrows on each county indicate whether new cases this week were up or down from the previous week. Place your cursor over a county to see the underlying data. (Tip: drag the map with your cursor to see the whole UP)

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The total number of COVID cases does not tell the whole story. Home tests are often not reported, so they are not included in the data. This is why it is also essential to examine the percentage of positivity of the tests reported and the data on hospitalizations and deaths.

The average test positivity is 14.4%

On Monday, October 3, approximately 14.2% of reported COVID tests in Michigan came back positive, which was slightly lower than the seven-day average. Until recently, the positivity rate had been above 15% since early July.

Throughout the pandemic, the World Health Organization has considered substantial-level community transmission when positivity rates are above 5%. However, levels were likely hit by the move to more home testing.

Michigan’s rate peaked at 35% in January. It fell as low as 2% in early March before rising again.

The chart below shows the percentage of reported COVID-19 tests that came back positive throughout the pandemic.

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The highest positivity rates in Michigan this week were in Shiawassee, Missaukee, Crawford, Iosco, Kalkaska, Mason, Van Buren, Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Wexford counties. The lowest positivity rates were in Schoolcraft, Baraga, St. Joseph, Alcona, Dickinson, Charlevoix, Menominee, Keweenaw and Branch counties.

To see the COVID test positivity rate for your county, see the searchable table below.

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The interactive map below shows the seven-day average testing rate by county. Place your cursor over a county to see details.

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Hospitals treating 1,055 adult patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Michigan had 1,055 adults with COVID in hospitals as of Wednesday, October 12. This is down from 1,090 the previous week.

There were also 40 children hospitalized with COVID in Michigan on Wednesday – up from 46 last week

Of this week’s COVID patients, 130 were in intensive care and 52 were on a ventilator.

Michigan reports 16 new COVID deaths per day over the past week

Michigan has averaged 16 COVID deaths per day over the past week, down slightly from 17 and 18 per day each of the previous two weeks.

During omicron’s peak in January, Michigan averaged more than 100 COVID deaths per day.

Michigan has had 35,456 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 3,463 probable COVID deaths since the pandemic began. In other words, about one in every 285 Michigan residents has died of confirmed COVID.

Below is a graph illustrating the seven-day average of reported deaths throughout the pandemic.

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Vaccinations: 63.6% of residents received at least one dose

About 63.6% of Michigan residents have received at least one COVID vaccine, 58.7% have received the full original regimen and 36.7% have been boosted.

The omicron-specific COVID-19 booster is now available in Michigan from Pfizer and Moderna. At least 576,956 Michiganders have received the bivalent booster so far.

The new vaccines are licensed for use as a single booster dose, given at least two months after a previous COVID vaccine. Moderna’s shot is licensed for ages 18 and older, while Pfizer’s is for ages 5 and older. Below is a table that ranks counties from most vaccinated to least vaccinated.

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For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page.

To find a testing site near you, visit the state’s online test search, email [email protected], or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. .

If you have questions about COVID-19, please submit them to [email protected] to be considered for future MLive reporting.

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