DETROIT The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 360,449 as of Monday, including 9,134 deaths, state officials report.
Mondays update represents 10,428 new cases and 98 additional deaths over the last two days -- an average of 5,214 cases and 49 deaths per day. On Saturday, the state reported 350,021 total cases and 9,036 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 45,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to near 13% over the last week. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.
Michigans 7-day moving average for daily cases was 6,759 on Sunday, slightly lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 82, the highest since May. The states fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports active cases, which were listed at 175,700 on Saturday, near its highest mark on record. More than 165,000 have recovered in Michigan.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 13.4 million cases reported across the country. More than 267,000 have died in the U.S.
Worldwide, more than 62.9 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.46 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.
Several Michigan hospitals, including some in Metro Detroit, are seeing more and more beds filled as COVID-19 continues to surge in the state.
Heres a look at some bed occupancy percentages at hospitals in Southeast Michigan as of Nov. 30: (The percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by any patient regardless of COVID-19 status. This includes surge or overflow beds.) View here.
Since the summertime, weve been following data from Covid Act Now, a group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders that monitors and identifies each states risk level for a COVID-19 outbreak. For months, the group had only four risk level categories: low, medium, high and critical. As of Saturday, however, the group has included a new, fifth risk level: severe.
The map of color-coded states in Americas COVID Warning System, as the group calls it, is doing just that with its daunting red hues: warning Americans that the entire country has reached a critical moment with the virus. Covid Act Now has even labeled this virus surge as the countrys third wave of the coronavirus.
As of Saturday, 20 states -- primarily those in the midwest -- are colored maroon, meaning they are identified as experiencing a severe outbreak of COVID-19. Most of the remaining states -- 27, to be exact -- are labeled red, meaning they are experiencing an active or imminent outbreak, according to the data.
Michigan is currently labeled as experiencing an active or imminent outbreak, which is considered the critical level.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission issued emergency suspensions of liquor licenses at the following establishments:
Officials say all three establishments have violated the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS)s latest emergency order that prohibits in-person dining services at all bars and restaurants, along with other restrictions affecting high schools, colleges workplaces and more.
Whitmer is asking Michiganders to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and avoid large gatherings over the holiday.
Thanksgiving is about taking time to appreciate the things around us as well as give to others, Whitmer said. This year in particular, I am thankful for our frontline workers in our hospitals, child care centers, grocery stores, and everyone else who put their lives on the line to protect our families from COVID-19. As the weather gets colder and as cases continue to skyrocket, we must do everything we can to protect these heroes on the front lines. We all have a role to play to keep our family, friends, neighbors, and frontline workers safe. I know this year will be different, but to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses, we must make short-term sacrifices for our long-term health.
Pfizer formally asked U.S. regulators Friday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine. Emergency use of a vaccine is when regulators allow shots to be given to certain people while studies of safety and effectiveness are ongoing.
Before any vaccine is permitted in the U.S., it must be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires study in thousands of people. Normally, the process to approve a new vaccine can take about a decade. But the federal government is using various methods to dramatically speed up the process for COVID-19 vaccines.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer was asked Thursday if the state can get its COVID-19 curve down enough over the next three weeks to avoid extending the new temporary restrictions on restaurants, schools and other parts of the economy.
If we see meaningful movement in the right direction, that is possible, Whitmer said. That shows that we are capable of getting our arms around this.
On Thursday Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the states hospitals are closer and closer to becoming overwhelmed and are currently, on average, about 79% full.
Michigan is entering a three-week pause to several activities in an effort to help stop a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Under new restrictions issued Sunday evening by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), heres what will be closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 in Michigan.
Note: The map in the article shows the entire state of Michigan under what MDHHS calls risk Level E -- read that here.
Whats closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18:
What remains open during this three-week period:
One of the biggest challenges with containing COVID-19 is trying to limit gatherings -- and a new interactive tool shows just how risky it could be.
Researchers at Georgia Tech released a the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool, a peer-reviewed resource that tells you the risk of being around someone with COVID-19, by the event size, in each U.S. county, in real-time.
According to the data, as of Nov. 13, at an event with 10 people, the risk of a person present with COVID-19 is 19% in Wayne County, 30% in Macomb County and 24% in Oakland County.
If that event is with 25 people, the risk increases to 41% in Wayne County, 59% in Macomb County and 37% in Oakland County.
At an event with 100 people, risk levels in pretty much every Michigan county surpasses 80%, including some at 99%, like Kent and Calhoun counties.
Michigan hospitals are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients once again, and experts are warning residents that if this trend continues, it will be disastrous for the states health care system.
Brian Peters, the CEO of the Michigan Heath and Hospital Association, spoke about the states latest rise in COVID-19 cases during a virtual panel discussion Thursday. The MHA represents all the hospitals and health systems throughout Michigan.
I can tell you, very clearly, that we are squarely in the midst of a public health crisis, Peters said.
The MHA is seeing warning signs from all hospitals -- from the small, rural hospitals to the largest urban systems -- in every corner of that state, he said.
Our hospitals are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients at a very alarming rate, Peters said. If this continues in the coming weeks, we will surpass our all-time record high in terms of COVID-19 inpatient hospitalization numbers here in the state of Michigan.
Michigan is expanding its COVID-19 exposure app for residents to use statewide after a successful pilot program in October.
The anonymous, no cost and voluntary app, piloted in Ingham County and on the campus of Michigan State University last month, lets users know whether they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19. Users can confidentially submit a positive test result into the app and alert others in recent proximity that they may have also been exposed to the virus.
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Nov. 1:
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Nov. 1:
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