Michigan health authorities reported 2,527 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 126 more related deaths. Nearly 51 were counted when public health officials reviewed death certificates to find any that had not already been reported to the state.
Michigan has 851,947 confirmed cases of the virus since it was first detected here in March 2020 and 17,897 deaths. On Monday, labs tested 25,897 samples for the virus and 3,068 were positive, a rate of 11.85%. The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once.
The case rate has been declining for more than three weeks and the seven-day average of the test positivity rate is nearing 12%. Statewide hospitalizations have been looking better, too. The total number of adult inpatients confirmed to have COVID-19 has dropped by more than 1,300 since the April 19 high. About 16% of all hospital beds in the state have COVID-19 patients in them, down from a high of about 20%.
More than 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Michigan. A little more than half of the state’s population over the age of 16 has received at least one dose and more than 39% has finished their immunization course. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that masks will generally not be required at outdoor gatherings that have less than 100 people.