11 Michigan counties at moderate or high levels of COVID this week, CDC says

Michigan has one county at high COVID-19 community level, 10 at intermediate level, and 72 at low level, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, December 1st.

The CDC uses community levels to determine COVID risk and ranks counties in one of three buckets: low (green), moderate (yellow), or high (orange).

Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula is the only Michigan county at a high level this week.

The CDC recommends masking in public regardless of vaccination status in high-community-level counties. However, people with symptoms, who test positive, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 should continue to wear a mask regardless of county, the CDC said.

Here’s the latest map showing the community level for each county in Michigan. Tap/hover over a county to view details.

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The 10 mid-level counties are: Monroe, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Huron, Tuscola, Saginaw, Menominee, Iron, Gogebic, and Ontonagon.

Last week, Michigan had zero high-level COVID-19 community counties, 10 mid-level, and 72 low-level counties.

The CDC considers cases and hospitalizations when determining an area’s risk of COVID. The aim is to prevent serious illnesses and relieve the burden on hospitals.

At the community level, the CDC looks at three factors: the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by COVID patients, COVID hospital admissions per capita, and COVID cases per capita.

A county is high if there are more than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the past week and either (A) more than 10 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 or (B) at least 10% of inpatients Beds are occupied by COVID patients.

When hospitalizations are particularly high, even a county with few cases can be at a high level according to the CDC formula.

(Not every county has a hospital, so each is assigned a healthcare area, a larger region that contains at least one hospital. Countys are assigned metrics for the entire area, weighted based on each county’s population. Example: Monroe County Health The service area also includes the Toledo, Ohio area.)

Here are the latest COVID-19 trends in Michigan over the past week.

Michigan is reporting 1,010 new, confirmed cases per day for the past week

Last week, Michigan saw an average of 989 new COVID cases per day. This week it averaged 1,010 per day. Those are the lowest numbers in the state since mid-April.

After a huge surge in January when the Omicron variant first emerged, Michigan experienced a much smaller surge in May and plateaued throughout the summer. Michigan had major COVID spikes in both November 2020 and November 2021, but that didn’t happen this November.

Michigan also reported 252 “probable” COVID cases per day this week.

Cases are “confirmed” when there is a positive result of a NAAT/RT-PCR test. Cases are “probable” if an antigen (rapid) test has been reported or if someone has symptoms and has been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

All graphs in this story except the first one (which uses CDC case calculations) are based on “confirmed” numbers only.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports COVID cases once a week. The department announced 8,831 confirmed and probable cases this week.

Michigan has reported more than 2.5 million confirmed COVID cases and nearly 406,000 probable cases since the pandemic began.

The chart below shows the seven-day moving average for new, confirmed COVID cases throughout the pandemic.

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Michigan ranks 26th in the US for new cases per capita

Michigan had the 26th most COVID cases per capita last week, according to data from The New York Times.

States with the highest rates of COVID this week were New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Illinois. States with the lowest rates of COVID were Vermont, Mississippi, Alaska, Florida and Georgia.

For COVID hospitalizations, Michigan had the 20th highest per capita this week. For COVID deaths, Michigan had the second-highest per capita rate of any state this week.

40 counties saw a spike in cases over the past seven days

Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 40 had more COVID cases this week than last week.

Among Michigan’s largest counties, cases in Wayne County were up 9%, Macomb County was up 6% and Kent County was up one case from last week. Meanwhile, Oakland County fell 2%, Washtenaw County fell 8%, Genesee fell 13%, and Jackson fell 12%.

View the database below to search/sort case totals by county. The chart also shows the week-to-week percentage change and the seven-day average of cases per capita.

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2 Michigan counties with highest risk for cases

There are two counties with the highest risk level (Level E) for cases: Dickinson and Menominee counties in the upper peninsula.

The MDHHS has five levels of risk for COVID cases:

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

The counties with the highest rates of COVID per capita this week were Dickinson, Menominee, Macomb, Iron, Wayne and Jackson counties.

Michigan’s lowest COVID rates this week are among Keweenaw, Alcona, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Manistee counties.

The map below is shaded by the state’s six risk rating levels from A to E. This is based on new cases reported per day per million people from November 23-29.

The arrows in each county show whether new cases are up or down this week compared to the previous week. Hover over a county to see the underlying data. (Tip: Drag the map with your cursor to see the entire UP)

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The total number of COVID cases doesn’t tell the whole story. At-home testing is not reported, so these are not included in the data. For this reason, it is also important to look at the percentage positivity of the reported tests and data on hospitalizations and deaths.

Average test positivity is 12%

As of Monday, November 28, about 12% of all COVID tests reported to the state were positive.

The positivity rate has hovered between 11% and 13% for the past week.

The World Health Organization considers that there is significant community transmission when the positivity rate is above 5%.

Michigan’s interest rate peaked at 35% in January. It fell as low as 2% in early March before bouncing back.

The chart below shows the percentage of reported COVID-19 tests that were positive during the pandemic.

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COVID positivity rates this week were highest in Marquette, Shiawassee and Dickinson counties and lowest in Baraga, Keweenaw and Oscoda counties.

Find the COVID test positivity rate for your county in the searchable table below.

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

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Hospitals treating 1,077 confirmed or suspected adult COVID-19 patients

Adult COVID hospitalizations fell last week over the Thanksgiving holiday but rose 16.4% this week to 1,077 as of Wednesday, November 30.

Of the 1,077 hospitalized patients, 129 are in intensive care and 50 are on a ventilator.

Michigan also has 32 children hospitalized with COVID as of Wednesday.

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

About 13 people in Michigan died from COVID each day this week, the lowest level in nearly three months.

During the peak of omicron in January, Michigan was averaging more than 100 COVID deaths per day.

Michigan has had 36,409 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 3,676 probable COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began. Put another way, approximately one in every 276 Michigan residents has died from confirmed COVID.

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

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Vaccination: 63.8% of residents have received at least one vaccination

About 63.8% of Michigan residents have received at least one COVID vaccination, 59.1% have received the full original regimen, and 35.7% have been boosted.

The omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shot is now available in Michigan from both Pfizer and Moderna. About 12.8% of residents have received this bivalent refresher so far.

Below is an age-group breakdown of Michiganders who have received at least one vaccination (Initiated), those who have received two vaccinations (Completed) and those eligible for COVID vaccines on Wednesday, November 30 as “ up to date” apply.

  • 75 and older: 87.3% initiated; 82.4% complete, 30.1% current
  • 65 to 74: 90.6% initiated; 86.4% complete, 33.8% current
  • 50 to 64: 77.0% initiated; 72.7% completed, 17.0% current
  • 40 to 49: 67.8% initiated; 63.0% complete, 9.7% current
  • 30 to 39: 66.2% initiated; 60.2% complete, 8.1% current
  • 20 to 29: 56.0% initiated; 49.9% completed, 4.6% current
  • 16 to 19: 56.9% initiated; 52.1% complete, 4.0% current
  • 12 to 15: 50.1% initiated; 46.5% completed, 5.3% current
  • 5 to 11: 30.9% initiated; 28.0% completed, 2.9% current
  • Younger than 5: 8.5% started, 4.2% completed, 3.9% current

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

To find a testing location near you, see the state’s online test locator, email [email protected], or call 888-535- 6136 on.

If you have any questions about COVID-19, please send them to [email protected] to be considered for future MLive reports.


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