CDC-recommended masks in Wayne, Washington, and 10 other Michigan counties

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan has 12 counties at Community High this week.

The CDC uses these calculations, called Community Levels, to determine the risk of COVID and places counties into one of three buckets: low, medium, or high.

Twelve of Michigan’s 83 counties are at elevated levels as of July 28: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washington, Monroe, Kalamazoo, Manistee, Schoolcraft, Delta, Marquette, Ontonagon and Gogebeek counties, according to the CDC.

When counties are at high levels (orange), the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status.

However, people with symptoms, those who have tested positive or have been infected with COVID-19 should wear a mask wherever they live, the CDC said.

Here is the latest map showing Community Levels for each Michigan county. Tap or hover over a county to view details.

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Last week, there were only four counties in Michigan, with Benzie County (near Traverse City) and the Upper Peninsula trio: Marquette, Alger and Schoolcraft at the top Community level.

As the map shows, Michigan has 28 counties with medium (yellow) levels as of July 28, the same number as last week. But only 43 counties are below the (green) level of 51 last week.

As the top image in the story shows, Michigan is faring better with COVID than many other states right now. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and most of the southeastern states are filled with orange counties on the map.

As it became clear that the winter outbreak had subsided, the CDC eased mask guidance in February, moving from reviewing cases and positive tests to reviewing cases. hospitalization. The idea is to prevent serious illnesses and limit the burden on hospitals.

CDC looks at three factors for each county: the percentage of state hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID, per capita COVID hospitalizations, and per capita COVID cases.

A county is high when there are 200 or more new cases per 100,000 in the last week and (a) 10 plus new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 or (b) at least 10% of the state’s inpatient population. Beds are occupied by patients with COVID.

If hospitalizations are particularly high, a county with less disease is likely to have a higher rate, according to the CDC formula.

(Not every county has a hospital, so each is assigned a health services area, a geographic area that includes at least one hospital. Counties are assigned a figure calculated for the entire area, weighted by each county’s population.)

Here’s more information on the latest COVID trends in Michigan.

Michigan is reporting 2,369 new, confirmed cases per day over the past week

New cases in Michigan increased by 18.9% this week, marking the third consecutive week of increases.

An average of 2,369 confirmed cases per day this week. This is Michigan’s highest COVID rate since May 25.

Michigan also reported 439 “suspected” COVID cases per day this week.

Cases are considered “confirmed” when the NAAT/RT-PCR test is positive. A person is considered “presumptive” to have COVID-19 when an antigen (rapid) test is reported or someone has symptoms.

All graphics in this story, except the original (which uses the CDC’s case estimates) are based on “confirmed” numbers only.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports cases of COVID once a week. The department announced 19,653 confirmed and probable cases this week.

Michigan has reported 2.3 million confirmed COVID cases and more than 354,000 probable cases since the pandemic began.

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

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Michigan has the 36th highest number of new cases per capita in the US

Michigan has the 36th most new COVID cases per capita among US states this week. While Michigan’s COVID rate is still better than most states, it ranked 45th out of 50 in most new cases last week.

The states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the past seven days are Kentucky, Alaska, West Virginia, Florida and Alabama. The states with the lowest coronavirus rates are Vermont, Nevada, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

Michigan ranks 40th per capita this week in Covid hospitalizations. Michigan had the seventh-highest number of COVID deaths per capita this week.

Crime has increased in 63 counties over the past seven days

63 of Michigan’s 83 counties saw an increase in COVID cases this week compared to last week.

Cases have doubled in seven counties: Ogemaw, Luce, Manistee, Kalkaska, Tuscola, Sanilac and St. Louis. Joseph. Meanwhile, two counties saw a 66% or more drop in COVID cases this week: Oscoda and Alger counties.

Michigan’s largest counties saw an uptick in cases this week. Wayne jumped 11%, Oakland 15%, Macomb 17%, Kent 30%, Washtenaw 14%, Kalamazoo 16% and Genesee 39%.

See the database below to search by county and sort by highest/lowest incidence. The chart also shows the week-to-week percentage change and the seven-day average of cases per capita.

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Michigan’s 57 states are at the highest risk for the case

There are 57 counties at the highest threat level (E-level), up from 39 last week.

MDHHS has five risk levels for COVID cases:

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

The counties with the highest COVID rates this week are: Keweenaw, Baraga, Branch, Schoolcraft and Gogebic counties.

The counties with the lowest COVID rates this week are Oscoda, Presque Isle, Alpena, Algiers and Charlevoix.

The map below is shaded with the state’s six risk assessment levels from A to Z. This is based on new cases per million people per day from July 20-26.

Arrows in each county show whether new cases are up or down this week compared to the previous week. Hover over a county to view basic information. (Hint: Drag the map with your cursor to see the whole TOP)

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The total number of COVID cases doesn’t tell the whole story. Home tests are not reported, so they are not included in the data. Therefore, it is also important to look at the reported tests and data on positives and deaths.

The average positive rate of the exam is 20%

As of Monday, July 25, 20 of every 100 COVID tests reported to the state were positive. This week the rate fluctuated between 18% and 21%.

The World Health Organization considers there to be a significant level of community transmission when positive rates are greater than 5%.

Michigan’s rate was 35% in January. It fell 2% before rebounding in early March.

The graph below shows the percentage of positive tests for COVID-19 during the overall pandemic.

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Three counties had a positive percentage of 30% or higher this week: Luce, Hillsdale and Branch counties.

See the table below for the positive percentage of all 83 counties in the last two weeks.

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The interactive map below shows the seven-day average testing rate by county. Hover over a county to view basic information.

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Hospitals treat 948 confirmed or suspected adult COVID-19 patients

As of Wednesday, July 27, Michigan hospitals had 948 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is 2.0% more than last week.

Michigan’s COVID hospitalizations have increased for four straight weeks. In January, their number reached almost 5,000 and fell to 453 in early April.

Of the 948 adults hospitalized with COVID, 95 are in intensive care and 32 are on ventilators.

As of Wednesday, 31 more children were hospitalized with COVID.

Michigan is reporting 13 new COVID deaths per day for the past week

Michigan’s new COVID deaths fell slightly this week, from 15 per day last week to 13 per day this week.

At Omicron’s peak in January, Michigan was averaging more than 100 COVID deaths per day.

Michigan has reported 34,250 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 3,178 probable COVID deaths since the pandemic began. In other words, about one in every 300 Michigan residents has died from COVID.

Below is a chart showing the seven-day average of deaths during the pandemic.

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Vaccinations: 62.9% of residents received at least one dose

About 62.9% of Michigan residents had at least one exposure to COVID, 57.7% had full primary exposure, and 33.1% had intensified exposure.

Michigan recently changed the way it measures immunization data. This is a percentage everything Vaccinated residents now differ by considering the percentage of people 5 and older who get the shot.

Everyone 6 months and older can now get the COVID vaccines.

Health officials encourage eligible people to receive a booster shot at least five months after the second Pfizer/Moderna shot or two months after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Federal officials recommend firing mRNA after Johnson & Johnson.)

Below is a breakdown of vaccinations by age for Michiganders as of Wednesday, July 27, who have received (initiated) and “completed” at least one vaccination, meaning two shots of the mRNA vaccine or one shot of Johnson & Johnson:

  • 75 and older: 87.0% initiated; 80.3% completed
  • 65 to 74: 90.3% initiated; 84.6% were completed
  • 50 to 64: 76.7% initiated; 71.8% completed
  • 40 to 49: 67.4% initiated; 62.1% were completed
  • 30 to 39: 65.6% initiated; 59.1% completed
  • 20 to 29: 55.2% initiated; 48.9% completed
  • 16 to 19: 55.9% initiated; 50.9% completed
  • 12 to 15: 49.3% initiated; 45.7% were completed
  • 5 to 11: 29.4% initiated; 26.5% completed
  • Under 5: 2.9% initiated, 0.6% completed

Below is a chart ranking counties from most vaccinated to least vaccinated.

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For more state-of-the-art information, visit MLive’s coronavirus information page.

To find a testing site near you, view the state’s online testing locator, email or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

If you have any questions about COVID-19, please submit them to the address below Should be considered for future MLive reporting.


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