New coronavirus cases below 1,300, trend downward for second day on Saturday | Coronavirus


New coronavirus cases continued to trend downward in Michigan for the second day in a row on Saturday, when under 1,300 cases were reported, according to the state’s website.

There were 1,289 new cases of coronavirus and 107 new deaths reported, putting the state at 874,624 cases and 18,607 deaths in total since the pandemic began last March.

At least 91 of the 107 new confirmed deaths on Thursday were identified during a vital records review, which are conducted regularly by the state.

Friday had 1,766 new cases and 34 new deaths, down from Thursday’s 2,057 new cases and 112 new deaths.

These counts exclude probable cases and deaths linked to COVID-19 and include only confirmed cases and deaths.

Health officials have also been tracking results of statewide testing. So far, 13,375,978 diagnostic tests have been conducted.

As of Friday, a total of 755,119 Michiganders have recovered from COVID-19 (30 days out from onset of illness), a total which is updated by the state every Saturday.

The Associated Press said the new totals came the same day that a new order took effect under which those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to wear a mask and people who aren’t vaccinated don’t have to wear one outdoors in Michigan.

That change was announced Friday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

According to the state of Michigan, at least 42.1 percent of the state’s population had been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, or 3,622,082 residents.

And, at least 49.9 percent of the population had received their first dose, or 4,292,525 residents.

Macomb County had 373,761 residents vaccinated, Oakland had 649,164, Wayne had 511,239 and the city of Detroit had 175,847.

There were also 7,666,660 vaccine doses administered, in total, in the state as of Saturday.

Pfizer vaccines make up 4,221,980 of that total, Moderna vaccines account for 3,188,455 and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are about 256,255.

In Oakland County, 1,153,509 vaccine doses have been administered, in Macomb County, 658,762 and in Wayne County, 899,825. The city of Detroit also had 301,488 doses administered.

The state’s coronavirus vaccine section on its webpage explains the coronavirus vaccine and displays a dashboard to give an overview on vaccine distribution in Michigan.

The dashboard now outlines a “Michigan Vacc to Normal” plan, which details a reopening plan for the state, which begins at 55 percent of the state getting vaccinated at step one and ends at step 4, when 70 percent of residents get vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, worldwide on Saturday, the number of global cases reached over 162 million with deaths at over 3.36 million.

In the United States, over 32.9 million cases have been reported with over 585,000 deaths tied to the disease.

John Hopkins recently updated its map to include vaccinations, currently at over 1.43 billion people vaccinated globally.

Oakland County led Southeast Michigan with the most new cases on Saturday with 150 and 10 new deaths, totaling a milestone of over 100,000 cases, with 100,132 cases, and 2,175 deaths.

Macomb County followed with 102 new cases and 19 new deaths, making 90,278 cases and 2,243 deaths in total.

Wayne County was next with 97 cases and 7 deaths, putting the county at 99,727 total cases and 2,449 total deaths.

The city of Detroit was last with 85 new cases and 17 new deaths, creating 49,711 cases and 2,140 deaths total.

Mid-Michigan had 19 new cases and no new deaths in Isabella County, totaling 5,277 cases and 88 deaths.

Gratiot County also reported 3,158 cases and 110 deaths in total, after 7 new cases and no new deaths were cited.

Clare County quoted 2 cases and 1 new death, making 2,001 cases and 78 deaths total.

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) reported 25,967 cases and 147 deaths, after 4 new cases and no new deaths were reported.

Kent County also had 123 new cases and 6 new deaths. Its totals are now 66,742 cases and 750 deaths.

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