(WXYZ) — Michigan reported 7,955 new COVID-19 cases and 33 new deaths on Wednesday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Data from the state originally indicated 35 deaths had been reported. This article has been updated to reflect the change to 33 by the state.
There have been 764,519 cases and 16,619 total deaths confirmed in Michigan.
Michigan's current statewide COVID-19 positivity rate is the highest it's been since April 24, 2020, the state Department of Health and Human Services said a week ago.
Percent positivity is up 348% and case rates are up 375% since the previous low on Feb. 19. Currently, the rate stands at 15.6%.
State health officials say positivity is an early indicator of COVID-19 transmission. As positivity increases, the state expects case rates to follow. Ideally, the positivity rate should be around 3%.
Additionally, the percent of inpatient beds occupied by individuals with COVID-19 has increased 203% since Feb. 28. Currently, 11.9% of beds are being used; trends for COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing, officials say.
Deaths have increased 75% since March 9. There were 166 deaths between March 14 and March 20.
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