Michigan added 21,242 confirmed cases and 65 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, including cases from Saturday and Sunday.
The state averaged 7,081 cases per day over the three days, which is a drop from a daily average of 13,000 cases reported last week.
The dip is in line with modeling predictions that suggest the COVID-19 surge would peak at the end of January or the beginning of February, Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told The Detroit News.
“We are currently at an elevated plateau and will continue to monitor case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations to determine if cases are truly declining,” Sutfin said in an email. “We urge Michiganders ages 5 and older to get vaccinated or boosted if eligible as the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is our best defense against the virus.”
Monday’s additions bring the state’s overall total to 1,980,613 confirmed cases and 29,843 deaths since the virus was first detected here in March 2020.
The state on Monday reported 3,183 adults and 82 pediatric patients were hospitalized with confirmed infections and about 79% of the state’s inpatient hospital beds are occupied.
Adult hospitalization rates are declining from records set on Jan. 10, when 4,580 adults were hospitalized with COVID-19.
About 85% of COVID-19 hospitalizations are unvaccinated persons, compared to 15% of breakthrough cases.
The case counts continue to drop from earlier this month when the state set a new high mark with more than 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day. The state surpassed 20,000 deaths on Aug. 15.
Henry Ford Health System officials also have expressed optimism over a slight decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations within the medical system and in its staff vacancies over the last two weeks.
Federal medical teams have been deployed to assist in the care of patients at Beaumont’s Dearborn location, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mercy Health Muskegon and Lansing-based Sparrow Health System.
Omicron variant driving rise in cases
In Michigan, variants of the virus are moving at a high rate, proving more contagious and infecting both unvaccinated and vaccinated residents.
Medical officials have recommended surgical or KN-95 masks as the omicron variant has been shown to linger on cloth masks.
The state, as of Friday, confirmed 1,759 cases of omicron by genetic sequencing at the Michigan Bureau of Laboratories in Lansing. The majority are in southeast Michigan.
Roughly 95% of cases of COVID-19 in the country are caused by the omicron variant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Michigan’s latest data
Michigan percentage of tests returning has plateaued after increasing for the last four weeks. Illinois and Ohio have the highest case rates in the Midwest; California and Texas have the highest case rates in U.S.
Between Jan. 21-27, about 27% of Michigan’s COVID-19 tests returned positive, a decline from 32.5% the third week of January.
About 35% of K-12 school districts have mandatory mask policies in the state covering 55% of students.
There have been 227 cases of a rare inflammatory condition formed in children from the COVID-19 virus where multiple organ systems become inflamed or dysfunctional. Of the cases, 147 — or 70% — were admitted to intensive care units and there have been five deaths.
About 65%, or 6.5 million, residents have received their first doses of a vaccine, as of Wednesday, and 58% are fully vaccinated. More than 204,000 children ages 5 to 11 in Michigan, or 25%, have received their first dose of the vaccine.
More than 2.75 million vaccine booster doses have been administered in Michigan.
Approximately 2% of those fully vaccinated have been reported with a breakthrough infection, according to the state health department.
The state considered 1,421,905 people recovered from the virus as of Jan. 20.