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Michigan reports 17003 new coronavirus cases, 280 deaths in 2 days ending Wednesday, Nov. 24

Michigan reports 17003 new coronavirus cases, 280 deaths in 2 days ending Wednesday, Nov. 24

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Numbers dropped a bit on Monday, but they soared back upward in the two days since, putting the state in a precarious position leading into a holiday break where many undoubtedly plan to attend large indoor gatherings with family and friends.

Michigan reported 17,003 new COVID-19 cases, about 8,502 a day, and 280 deaths on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and Wednesday, Nov. 24.

These include new referrals of confirmed cases to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System since the last update on Monday, Nov. 22. The deaths include 143 identified during a vital records review, done three times a week.

It will be the final update this week. Because of Thanksgiving, the state will not again release new numbers until Monday, Nov. 29.

Over the last seven days, Michigan reported an average of 7,427 new cases a day and 70 deaths. This is up from seven-day averages of 7,353 new cases and 60 deaths per day a week ago, and continues a startling jump since the beginning of the month, when the seven-day average was below 4,000.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,276,264 reported, confirmed coronavirus cases and 23,595 deaths. Additionally, the state has reported 170,966 probable cases and 1,649 probable deaths, in which a physician and/or antigen test ruled it COVID-19 but no confirmatory PCR test, which detects the presence of a virus, was done.

Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic. (Can’t see the chart? Click here.)

State data shows 65.3% of residents 12 and older have received at least a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Below is a chart that shows vaccination rates by county for the 12 and older population. (Can’t see the chart? Click here.)

Of those 5 and older, 60.7% have gotten a first shot. Federal authorities authorized vaccines for children 5-11 early this month. More than 105,000 children have initiated the process in Michigan.

Below is a searchable database showing the number of children 5-11 vaccinated by county. Washtenaw is at the top with 36% of that population with a first dose. Oscoda County is last with two of the youngest children vaccinated.

Can’t see the database? Click here.

As of Wednesday, hospitals statewide were treating 4,080 adults and 58 children with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, including 843 patients in the ICU. A week ago, hospitals were treating 3,362 adult patients and 60 children.

Over the last week, on average, 17.9% of tests have come back positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is up from 16.8% a week ago. About five months ago, in June, the positivity rate reached pandemic lows of about 1%.

Can’t see the chart? Click here.

All of Michigan’s 83 counties reported new cases in the last two days.

Based on new cases per 100,000 residents, Keweenaw County in the Upper Peninsula led with 342. Shiawassee County had 291, Houghton County reported 278, Oceana County had 263, St. Clair County reported 254 and Ionia County had 249. Rounding out the top 10 are: Calhoun County (234), Muskegon County (226), Gogebic County (223) and Saginaw County (217).

Without adjusting for population, Wayne County had the most new, reported cases with 2,910. Oakland County reported 2,025, Macomb County had 1,650, and Kent County reported 1,267. Reporting figures under 1,000 were: Ottawa County (606), Genesee County (597), Kalamazoo County (440), Saginaw County (413), St. Clair County (408) and Washtenaw County (405).

Fifty-six counties reported at least one new death, led by Wayne with 34. Macomb County reported 25, Kent County had 16, Oakland County reported 15 and Ottawa County had 12. There were 10 in Muskegon County and eight in each of Grand Traverse and Saginaw counties. Calhoun, Genesee, Livingston and St. Clair counties each reported seven. Eaton, Ingham and Lapeer counties each had six. Bay, Montcalm, VanBuren and Kalamazoo counties each had five. There were four in Branch, Cass, Hillsdale and Wexford counties, and three in Berrien, Clare, Jackson, Mecosta, Monroe, Newaygo, Oceana, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.

The chart below shows new cases for the past 30 days based on onset of symptoms. In this chart, numbers for the most recent days are incomplete because of the lag time between people getting sick and getting a confirmed coronavirus test result, which can take up to a week or more.

You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases.

Below is a chart that tracks the state’s seven-day average for reported COVID-19 deaths per day over the course of the pandemic. (These are based on the date reported, not necessarily on the date of death.) Unlike case numbers, the seven-day average of ;new, reported deaths is not at pandemic highs, recorded in April 2020, a year before vaccines were widely available, but the average is the highest it has been since January.

Can’t see the chart below? Click here.

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

To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test find send an email to COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Do you have a coronavirus-related question you’d like answered? Submit it to covidquestions@mlive.com.

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