Michigan has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States

By Mary Kekatos US Health Editor for Dailymail.Com

Michigan currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the US as several hospitals report they have reached capacity.

Last week, the state reported an average of 503.8 new infections per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is the second time this year Michigan has led the country in cases, the last time occurring in April between the third and fourth outbreaks of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the number of hospital patients with COVID-19 has increased more than 50 percent in the last month, and at least nine hospitals are reporting that they have reached their capacity.

Michigan has 503.8 new infections per 100,000 in a week, the highest 7-day case rate in the US with a moving average of about 9,000 per day (above).

Health officials say that around 75% of all cases and deaths occur in people who have not been vaccinated or have not yet been fully vaccinated. Pictured: an ambulance crew weaves a stretcher through the aisles of the emergency room at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, undated

According to state data, 2,097 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized on October 18.

This has risen to 3,197 since Wednesday, an increase of 52 percent.

“The current growth in COVID-19 hospital admissions is very worrying,” John Karasinski, a spokesman for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, told the Detroit Free Press.

‘[Hospitals are] We have seen a sharp increase in hospital admissions over the past few days … We have had this sharp increase in COVID-19 patients as well as hospitals struggling with staffing challenges and bottlenecks and a high volume of non-Covid patients .

“And we have seen this need to catch up with non-Covid recordings since this summer.”

Individual hospitals are also reporting similar increases.

Dr. Adnan Munkarah, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of the Henry Ford Health System, told the Free Press that 330 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to its five hospitals.

This represents a 60 percent increase in the total number of patients admitted to the facility by midnight compared to three weeks earlier.

“We were hoping we would be in a better position on Thanksgiving than last year, especially with vaccine availability,” Munkarah told the newspaper.

“We have watched with … fear and concern as the number of COVID cases in our community and across the state continues to rise.

“The vast majority of patients are still unvaccinated. So if we look at the general admissions for COVID, 70 to 75 percent of these patients were unvaccinated.

CDC data shows that 59.8 percent of the total population of Michigan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 54.1 percent are fully vaccinated.

In the past month, hospital admissions rose 52% from 2,097 to 3,197 patients, state data shows

This is below the national average of 68.6 percent of the US population with at least one dose and 58.9 percent fully vaccinated.

Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the state health department, told the Free Press that 73 percent of Covid cases across the state were among unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated people.

In addition, 69 percent of COVID-19 hospital admissions and 74 percent of deaths were in people who were not fully vaccinated.

“Most have other underlying complex clinical conditions that compromise them,” Bob Riney, Henry Ford’s chief operating officer, told the newspaper.

“So the facts still show that the unvaccinated population is hit dramatically differently than the vaccinated population in terms of the activity we see today.”

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