Manistee County has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases per day throughout January, with 24 recorded on Jan. 11, the highest number in one day.
Medical Assistant Iris Perez prefills syringes with the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at a vaccine site at Edward Waters University.
MANISTEE COUNTY — Manistee County has had 2,396 cases of COVID-19 and 62 deaths, as of the most recent data from Monday’s update provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
This is an increase of 96 new cases and one new death since the state’s last update on Wednesday. On Friday afternoon, there was a delay in the state reporting its regular information. This is an average of 19 new cases per day in the county.
On Nov. 28, 2020, the county recorded 17 new cases in a single day and the same number again on April 12, 2021. On Nov 16, 2021, the county broke that record with 18 cases recorded, according to MDHSS information. On Jan. 11, 2022, Manistee County recorded 24 new cases in one day — the highest total yet.
There have been at least 1,210 new cases and 37 deaths in the county since July 16. There have been at least 1,238 cases and 40 deaths since June 4.
According to the District Health Department #10’s most recently published monthly summary report for Manistee County, less than half of the county’s cases were symptomatic during the course of their illness.
Of the symptoms reported, coughs were the most commonly reported at 56.7%, followed by a runny nose with 45% in December. The county had 257 cases and 11 deaths in December.
Here are some quick facts from the most recent MDHHS report:
• There have been about 1.91 million cases and 29,226 deaths statewide during the pandemic.
• This is an increase of 39,372 cases and 36 deaths since Friday, an average of 13,124 cases per day for three days.
• Grand Traverse County reported 12,056 cases and 170 deaths.
• Wexford County reported 4,650 cases and 83 deaths.
• Benzie County has seen 2,182 cases and 52 deaths.
• Lake County has seen 1,371 cases and 30 deaths.
• Mason County has seen 5,255 cases and 75 deaths.
Michigan has seen a total of 1.42 million recovered COVID-19 cases. This information was last updated on Jan. 20.
Manistee County is considered part of Region 7 for tracking by the state. Region 7 includes Manistee and 17 other counties.
The region has 941 hospital beds, with 584 occupants in hospital beds and 126 in the intensive care unit as of Monday, the most recent data available from MDHHS.
The region also has 121 adults who have had suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the hospital, seven on a ventilator and 36 adult intensive care unit patients who have been confirmed or suspected to have had COVID-19. Additionally, Region 7 had 117 emergency department visits related to COVID-19 during the previous day.
Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital has five COVID-19 patients as of the most recent data available, according to MDHHS.
Manistee County has 61.1% of its population completely vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the state’s data from Friday. This is 14,361 out of 23,506 eligible residents, according to 2019 Census estimates for people 5 years old and older.
So far, 321 residents in Manistee County aged 5-11 years old have initiated their COVID-19 vaccine, or 21.3%; this age group has a total population of 1,509. In the 12-15 group, 442 children have initiated the vaccine with 400 completed or 41.4% who have had an initiation dose and 37.5% who have completed their vaccinations. There are 1,067 children in this age group.
In Benzie County, about 65.8% of the residents are completely vaccinated as of Friday.
District Health Department #10 is allowing parents and guardians to schedule an appointment to vaccinate their children age 5 and over from COVID-19 at dhd10.org/schedule.
DHD#10 is offering off-site vaccine clinics. Participants do not need an appointment. All clinics will have Pfizer for people 5 and older and most will have Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and older.
The health department is also scheduling third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone age 12 or older; you can schedule an appointment at dhd10.org/schedule.
The U.S. has the highest counts globally. India has the second-highest number of cases and Brazil has the second-highest number of deaths.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been over 70.2 million cases in the United States and 862,494 deaths.
The World Health Organization lists over 349.6 million confirmed cases and 5.6 million deaths in the world. There have been about 9.62 billion vaccine doses administered worldwide.
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I was born and raised in Manistee. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Grand Valley State University. My hobbies include fishing, reading and playing music.
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