COVID-19

Surge in COVID has led to surge in deaths

State COVID deaths have been rising dramatically in recent weeks, just as new COVID case numbers rose in October and November.

It’s no surprise to health experts: A rise in COVID-19 infections in Michigan has led to a comparable rise in COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks.

It began in September, as new infection numbers steadily rose from an average of 747 per day on September first to a record-breaking 7,270 on November 21.

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Health experts have long asserted that deaths are a lagging indicator of COVID-19. When infection numbers go up, it typically takes at least two weeks to see the same effect on death rates.

Two weeks after September 1, Michigan was averaging about ten deaths per day. As of Monday, that number had reached 84 deaths per day – an 840% increase.

Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, warned in a press conference on November 5 that the state could reach 100 deaths per day by the end of the year, and so far we are on track to hit that mark.

One hundred coronavirus deaths per day is still less than during the peak of the pandemic in April. We hit that peak on April 16 with an average of 145 deaths per day. However, healthcare professionals have learned a lot about the coronavirus since then, especially with regard to preventing deaths.

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