Michigan reports 1,526 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 37 deaths (29 from vital records), 2.3M vaccinations

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the state of Michigan reported 1,526 cases of COVID-19 and 37 deaths linked to the virus, 29 of which came from vital records review. The state is also reporting that 2,351,125 doses of a vaccine have been administered.

That brings Michigan’s total to 593,279 cases and 15,600 deaths.

Michigan has also vaccinated more than 2.2 million, roughly 18 percent of the state’s population. The governor’s office is urging people to maintain masks and social distancing until 70% of the population is vaccinated.

On Monday, Jan. 11, the state began rolling out more vaccines to people over the age of 65, teachers, police, and more essential workers. In Michigan, every county is in charge of setting up appointments and distributing the vaccine as the supply from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson grows.

Most counties have said they don’t have the supply necessary but both pharmaceutical companies are working to create and ship more of the doses to every state.

COVID POSITIVITY RATES AT LOWEST IN FOUR MONTHS

During a press briefing on Tuesday, chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldoun said the state has reached a plateau in COVID-19 cases with 91 cases per million.

That’s slightly lower than last week but the Saginaw and Traverse City regions are both seeing slight increase from last week.

Meanwhile, the state’s positivity rate increased by .2% to 3.7% of those tested. However, Michigan’s hospitalization rates are still headed in the right direction with 3.9% of those hospitalized are being trated for COVID-19.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON DOSES

The state will receive more than 82,000 doses of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine and Dr. Khaldun ensured that the vaccine is safe and effective.

“It works differently from Pfizer and Moderna. It uses an inactive form of the common cold virus that cannot cause any illness.It gives that cold to the body’s cells to make antibodies to fight the real virus if you come in contact with it in the future,” she said.

So far J&J has proven 85% effective against the virus in preventing severe illness and zero deaths have happened on anyone who has been given the vaccine.

GOV. WHITMER LIFTS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state health department announced Tuesday that restrictions on bars and restaurants will be eased to allow 50% capacity and can stay open an hour later, until 11 p.m.

“Michigan is a national leader in the fight against COVID-19, and our fact-based, data-driven approach will help our state rebuild our economy and resume normal day-to-day activities,” said Whitmer in a press release.

Gathering restriction changes include allowing private indoor gatherings at homes to have a maximum of 15 people from three different households. Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 50 people.

Indoor gatherings not at private residences can have up to 25 people, while outdoor gatherings can resume with a maximum of 300 attendees.

Also, athletic stadiums and arenas that hold 10,000 people or fewer will be allowed to have 375 attendees, while venues with a capacity larger than 10,000 can have 750 people.

MICHIGAN VACCINATION PHASES

All counties may begin vaccinating residents over age 65 and seniors are urged to visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine to find local health departments and other local vaccine clinics near them that are ready to book appointments.

Eligible essential workers, teachers, and childcare workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations. Eligible individuals should not go to any of the clinics without an appointment. 

Phases are as follows: 

Phase 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home as well as residents in long term care facilities. 

Phase 1B: Persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure.

Phase 1C: Individuals 16 years of age or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety and protection during the COVID-19 response.

Phase 2: Individuals 16 years of age or older.

CONTACT TRACING

Michigan officials are also urging people to download the MI COVID Alert app to help notify of possible exposure and with contact tracing. 

Authorities are still urging everyone to answer their phones if you get a call from the health department. Text messages are also now being sent in advance of the incoming call. 

Meanwhile, everyone is also still reminded to keep doing the basics to stay healthy – wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance from other people.

PREVIOUS DAILY COVID-19 CASE COUNTS AND DEATHS

  • Wednesday, March 3 – 1,536 cases, 5 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 2 – 1,067 cases, 24 deaths (12 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, March 1 – 1,569 cases, 12 deaths
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 – 1,156 cases, 68 deaths (62 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 26 – 1,073 cases, 1 death
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 – 1,388 cases, 48 deaths (30 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – 1,245 cases, 9 deaths
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 1,316 cases, 34 deaths (18 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Feb. 22 – 1,484 cases, 3 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 – 635 cases, 63 deaths (57 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 19 -1,193 cases, 23 deaths
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 – 888 cases, 85 deaths (72 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – 939 cases, 11 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 775 cases, 19 deaths 
  • Monday, Feb. 15 – 1,265 cases, 8 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 – 852 cases, 88 deaths (84 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 12 – 1,193 cases, 10 deaths 
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 – 1,284 cases, 75 (55 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 915 cases, 12 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 563 cases, 60 deaths (31 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Feb. 8 – 1,769 cases, 11 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, Feb. 6 – 1,018 cases, 97 deaths (82 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Feb. 5 – 1,379 cases, 19 deaths
  • Thursday, Feb. 4 – 1,358 cases, 74 deaths (63 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 1,383 cases, 32 deaths
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2 – 1,203 cases, 63 deaths (36 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Feb. 1 – 2,066 cases, 8 deaths over two days as the state does not report data on Sundays
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 – 1,358 cases, 104 deaths (93 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Jan. 29 – 1,774 cases, 6 deaths
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – 1,872 cases, 80 deaths (67 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – 1,681 cases, 6 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 – 1,476 cases, 79 deaths (44 from a review of vital records)
  • Monday, Jan. 25 – 3,011 cases, 35 deaths over two days as the state does not report data on Sundays
  • Saturday, Jan. 23 – 1,601 cases, 221 deaths (205 from a review of vital records)
  • Friday, Jan. 22 – 2,157 cases, 17 deaths
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 –  2,165 cases, 148 deaths (128 from a review of vital records)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 – 2,031 cases, 40 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19 – 1,738 cases, 41 deaths 
  • Monday, Jan. 18 –  2,843 cases, 20 deaths over two days as the state no longer reports data on Sundays
  • Saturday, Jan. 16 – 1,932 cases, 103 (90 from vital records review) 
  • Friday, Jan. 15- 2,598 cases, 29 deaths
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 – 2,694 cases, 32 deaths 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 – 1,994 cases, 100 deaths (50 from vital records review)
  • Monday, Jan. 11 – 4,536 cases, 47 deaths over two days
  • Saturday, Jan. 9 – 2,706 cases, 222 deaths (206 from vital records review)
  • Friday, Jan. 8 – 3,625 cases, 38 deaths 
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 – 4,015 cases, 176 more deaths (138 from vital records review)

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