GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Michigan has reported 301 more confirmed coronavirus cases and 40 more virus-related deaths, as it again sent the lowest positive test rate since the state began running hundreds or more tests every day.
That Thursday update included 28 deaths discovered in a review of death certificates to find someone who had not already been reported to the state. These checks are done three times a week.
All in all, Michigan has it now registered 891,615 confirmed cases of the virus since it was first discovered here 15 months ago on March 10, 2020 as well as 19,479 related deaths.
On Wednesday, 21,454 samples were tested for the virus, and 373 or 1.74% were positive. It is the lowest positive test percentage since March 11, 2020, when the state only ran one test and it was negative.
The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of new cases because people can be tested more than once. In addition, test numbers are from a single calendar date, while the number of new cases shows the increase since the last time the state compiled the data; these two time frames do not exactly match.
Kent County recorded another death for a total of 785. It confirmed 68 more cases for a total of 68,354.
Three other West Michigan counties also confirmed further deaths:
- Calhoun County: Another death for a total of 296; 12,346 total confirmed cases during the pandemic.
- Kalamazoo County: Another death for a total of 359; 20,210 cases in total.
- Newaygo County: A further death for 67 in all; 4,536 cases in total.
Wayne County, the state’s most populous county, reported five more deaths totaling 4,800 and confirming 51 more cases totaling 152,677. Neighboring Oakland County has had 101,934 cases (27 more than the previous day) and 2,275 deaths (14 more). Macomb County has had 91,772 cases (16 more) and 2,339 deaths (six more).
About 8.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses has been administered in Michigan, and 60% of residents 16 and older have received at least one dose, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the previous day. Among people over the age of 12, almost 55% have received at least one dose.
The state has seen all its central coronavirus measurements on decline since April. One of the most encouraging is the seven-day average of the positive test percentage, which is now below the 3% limit, as public health officials have said, showing that the spread in society is controlled.
The seven-day average of the case rate has been steadily declining for nine weeks and is now below its lowest summer 2020. It total number of hospitalized adults confirmed that the virus had dropped by 50 from yesterday and is now below 580. The average hospitalization and deaths are also lower than they have been since March.