Michigan reports 5,530 new COVID-19 cases, 69 deaths for Saturday, April 17
Michigan reported 5,530 new COVID-19 cases and 69 additional deaths on Saturday, April 17, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Of the 69 deaths reported Saturday, 60 were identified during a vital records review, which takes place three times a week.
The new cases reported Saturday now bring the state’s confirmed case total to 785,307. The state’s total death count due to COVID-19 is 16,840.
The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 topped 3 million people Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The true number is believed to be significantly higher because of government concealment and cases overlooked in early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, according to the Associated Press.
Coronavirus death toll tops 3 million people worldwide
New coronavirus cases are surging across Michigan in general, as the state continues to lead all other states in new cases per day per 100,000 residents. Health care leaders have called it a “perfect storm,” combining more contagious variants of the virus with relaxed restrictions, increased mobility, and fatigue lowering defenses against transmission.
As of Friday, April 16, state data showed that Michigan was averaging 6,789 cases per day. The seven-day average positivity rate in the state is 15.3% as of Friday, according to state data.
All eight of Michigan’s MI Start regions are back to Level E — the highest level — in the state’s overall risk assessment for the second consecutive week. In assigning the risk scores, MDHHS looks at factors, such as new cases and deaths per capita, test positivity rates, number of tests administered and emergency department visits for COVID-19 symptoms. The scale used by MDHHS has six levels — “low” plus Levels A-E.
More than 3.5 million Michigan residents have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which means 43.3% of Michiganders age 16 and older are at least partially vaccinated, according to MDHHS.
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