DETROIT – Michigan reported 9,764 new cases of COVID-19 and 137 virus-related deaths Wednesday– an average of 4,882 cases over a two-day period, the highest daily total since April.Of the 137 deaths announced Wednesday, 75 were identified during a review of records.Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,147,512, including 22,384 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,137,748 cases and 22,247 deaths, as of Monday.Testing has increased to around 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 12.37% as of Wednesday, a slight increase from last week. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.AdThe state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,879 on Wednesday. The 7-day death average was 49 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.0%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 122,400 on Wednesday.Michigan has reported more than 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Tuesday, with 69.3% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 60.7% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 46 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 750,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 7.1 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 423 million doses in the U.S. alone.AdWorldwide, more than 248 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 5 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.Coronavirus headlines:VIEW: Chart: Michigan COVID vaccine coverageVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsWhere to find COVID-19 vaccines for kidsParents are looking for where to get their younger kids a COVID-19 vaccine after the CDC gave its final green light for Pfizer adolescent doses in kids aged 5-11.Doses should be available at your local pharmacies, doctor’s offices, hospitals and clinics in the next week or two. Like COVID-19 vaccines for adults, they are free.AdEXPLAINER: What to know about vaccines for kids aged 5-11We’re tracking any information we get on available clinics and doses for kids 5-11 in the live updates blog here.Data shows Michigan schools without mask mandates saw 62% more coronavirus spreadAs the number of COVID cases continue to surge in Michigan, new data reveals that mask mandates in school appear to be working to slow the spread of the virus.It is one of the most, if not the most, divisive issue inside the pandemic — mask mandates, especially in schools. Anger and frustrations has boiled over inside, outside and at board meetings. But new data is supporting the use of masks in schools.See the data here.AdMichigan adopts new definition of school COVID outbreak, raising thresholdMichigan health officials are adopting a new definition of COVID-19 school outbreaks that lifts the threshold from two cases to three associated with a school.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) gets such a definition from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists — view that here. The new definition changes the threshold to at least three cases within a group, up from two.Read more here. Flu expected to circulate more this year due to fewer COVID precautionsWhile coronavirus pandemic precautions helped keep the flu away last year, experts are worried that we won’t be so lucky this year.AdPrecautions and restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 actually also helped prevent the spread of the flu, a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, during the 2020 flu season. This time last year, health experts were concerned that the U.S. would experience a “twindemic” with COVID and the flu, but that didn’t happen, likely due to a combination of mask wearing, social distancing, most schools being closed and overall reduced travel.But this year, many of those precautions and restrictions are no longer in effect, and the flu is expected to circulate more widely.Learn more here.AdDetroit opens scheduling for third dose of COVID vaccinationsDetroit has opened up scheduling for residents with compromised immune systems to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.Residents must have been fully vaccinated for at least six months and have compromised immune systems to schedule an appointment for a third dose.Third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations, which were approved by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, will be offered at the TCF Center drive-thru to those with an appointment.Read more here.CDC recommends vaccinated people wear masks in schools, some indoor settingsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the United States where coronavirus is surging.The CDC on Tuesday, July 27 cited new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people. The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools regardless of vaccination status.AdThe CDC said that in the United States most new infections are among unvaccinated people. But “breakthrough” infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.Learn more here.Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Oct. 1:Oct. 1 — 4,029 new casesOct. 2 — 2,901 new casesOct. 3 — 2,901 new casesOct. 4 — 2,902 new casesOct. 5 — 3,837 new casesOct. 6 — 3,837 new casesOct. 7 — 4,204 new casesOct. 8 — 4,205 new casesOct. 9 — 3,045 new casesOct. 10 — 3,046 new casesOct. 11 — 3,046 new casesOct. 12 — 4,335 new casesOct. 13 — 4,336 new casesOct. 14 — 4,148 new casesOct. 15 — 4,149 new casesOct. 16 — 2,832 new casesOct. 17 — 2,832 new casesOct. 18 — 2,832 new casesOct. 19 — 3,554 new casesOct. 20 — 3,554 new casesOct. 21 — 3,752 new casesOct. 22 — 3,753 new casesOct. 23 — 2,618 new casesOct. 24 — 2,619 new casesOct. 25 — 2,619 new casesOct. 26 — 3,933 new casesOct. 27 — 3,934 new casesOct. 28 — 4,039 new casesOct. 29 — 4,039 new casesOct. 30 — 3,104 new casesOct. 31 — 3,104 new casesNov. 1 — 3,105 new casesNov. 2 — 4,882 new casesNov. 3 — 4,882 new casesMichigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Oct. 1:Oct. 1 — 40 new deaths (42 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 2 — 20 new deathsOct. 3 — 21 new deathsOct. 4 — 21 new deaths (19 from past three days from vital records)Oct. 5 — 46 new deathsOct. 6 — 46 new deaths (47 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 7 — 41 new deathsOct. 8 — 41 new deaths (40 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 9 — 12 new deathsOct. 10 — 12 new deathsOct. 11 — 12 new deaths (18 from past three days from vital records)Oct. 12 — 60 new deathsOct. 13 — 50 new deaths (58 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 14 — 52 new deathsOct. 15 — 52 new deaths (58 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 16 — 15 new deathsOct. 17 — 15 new deathsOct. 18 — 16 new deaths (15 from past three days from vital records)Oct. 19 — 67 new deathsOct. 20 — 68 new deaths (78 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 21 — 59 new deathsOct. 22 — 59 new deaths (69 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 23 — 18 new deathsOct. 24 — 19 new deathsOct. 25 — 19 new deaths (29 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 26 — 71 new deathsOct. 27 — 71 new deaths (66 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 29 — 122 new deaths (64 from past two days from vital records)Oct. 30 — 21 new deathsOct. 31 — 22 new deathsNov. 1 — 22 new deaths (29 from past two days from vital records)Nov. 2 — 68 new deathsNov. 3 — 69 new deaths (75 from past two days from vital records)Coronavirus resources:COVID-19 Discussion Forum:Join our dedicated space to discuss the pandemic. 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