Michigan joins 47 states seeing COVID-19 cases rise in last 2 weeks

    Invited guests were allowed to visit the Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute Walk at Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford Township on March 10, the one year anniversary of the first known case of COVID-19 in Michigan. The trail lighting is operated by Bluewater Technologies, who previously ran Glenore Trails in Commerce Township. (Andrew Roth | Michigan Advance)

    Michigan is now one of many states experiencing a rise in COVID-19 rates, according to the New York Times tracker.

    Over the past 14 days, all but two states (South Dakota and Iowa) have experienced some percentage increase in new cases. Forty-one of those — including Michigan, with a 33% increase — are seeing an increase of 30% or higher.

    Tennessee has the highest percentage increase over the past two weeks with 429%. Florida, California, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas follow behind. Fourteen states have experienced two-week surges of more than 100%.

    The largest hot spots, or localized spikes in daily cases over the past week, are located in Missouri and Arkansas. 

    Over the last 14 days, the country as a whole has experienced a 109% increase in cases, a 14% decrease in tests, a 19% increase in hospitalizations and a 17% increase in deaths.

    State reports 650 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

    About 53% of Michiganders have been fully inoculated, according to the state, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists that rate as approximately 48%. That makes Michigan either slightly higher than or on par with the national average for residents 12 years and older, which is about 48%.

    Using CDC vaccination data, Michigan currently has the 24th-highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents among other states. Vermont has the highest, with 67%, while Alabama has the lowest with 33%.

    As of Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported an average of 162 new cases per day since Friday. In total, the state has recorded 896,717 cases and 19,832 deaths since March 2020.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer dropped all remaining COVID-19 restrictions for the state on June 1.

    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).