Michigan coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall | Local-news

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For the second straight day, 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties had no new cases or deaths from coronavirus as daily counts from the deadly virus continue to fall.

There were 179 new cases and four deaths in Michigan announced Wednesday by the state health department, bringing the total to 892,830 cases and 19,578 deaths since the pandemic began.

As has been the norm, more than half of Wednesday’s cases were in southeast and west Michigan where more people live.

There were 21 cases in Oakland County, 19 cases in Wayne County, 16 cases and two deaths in Detroit, and 10 cases in Macomb County. Also, there were 12 cases in Kent County, 10 cases in Genesee County, and nine cases and one death in Ottawa County.

The mid Michigan counties of Clare, Gratiot and Isabella were among the 40 counties with no cases or deaths reported.

Vaccination rates now top 50% around the state with the state goal of inoculating 70% of residents age 12 and older.

So far, 55.4% have started the vaccination process and 50.2% have completed it, including 59.72% in Oakland County, 55.74% in Wayne County, 49.83% in Macomb County, and 29.68% in Detroit.

While Detroit has the lowest vaccination rate in the state, the highest is 70.48% in Leelanau County in the northern Lower Peninsula.

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