Michigan Has Third-Highest Rate of Infection in Country at 35.3 Percent


Michigan is keeping pace with some of the most-infected states in the country, with more than 35 percent of tests coming back with confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

As of Monday evening, Michigan has 6,498 confirmed positive cases out of 18,391 total tested — an infection rate of 35.3 percent. By comparison, New Jersey has an infection rate of 39.7 percent with 16,636 confirmed cases and New York has an infection rate of 35.7 percent with 66,497 confirmed cases. New York and New Jersey are the top two most-infected states in the country, followed by Michigan. California is currently the fourth most-infected state with 6,447 confirmed cases and an infection rate of 21.5 percent.

“Michigan has been closely following CDC guidance on persons under investigation and testing since the start of the outbreak,” a spokesperson told The Michigan Star. “This has led to targeted testing among higher risk groups that initially included international travel history and symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 and symptoms.”

The average rate of infection in the United States is 17 percent. There are more than 140,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death toll has reached 2,405 in the country. Nearly 950,000 people have been tested across the country, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

Michigan’s data include testing results from public, commercial and hospital labs, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Of those confirmed positive, 51 percent are female and 49 percent are male, the MDHHS said. The coronavirus is also mostly impacting older people, with 17 percent of confirmed cases ages 40 to 49, 20 percent ages 50 to 59 and 19 percent ages 60 to 79.

Most of the cases are in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, as well as the City of Detroit.

Jordyn Pair is a reporter with The Michigan Star. Follow her on Twitter at @JordynPair. Email her at [email protected]




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