More than a quarter of Michigan’s 83 counties had no new coronavirus cases or deaths in the latest numbers released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The 23 counties are mostly in rural areas and, in a relative sense, cases counts still continue to be higher in more populated areas in southeast and southwest Michigan with some spikes in mid Michigan.

When virus cases and deaths completely cease, only time will tell as the number of people vaccinated inches higher.

The state health department announced 420 new cases and 33 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 889,001 cases and 19,209 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

In southeast Michigan, there were 55 cases and four deaths in Wayne County, 53 cases in Oakland County, 38 cases and four deaths in Detroit, and 21 cases and one death in Macomb County.

Kent County had 42 cases and two deaths, Saginaw County had 17 cases and four deaths, Muskegon County had 13 cases and six deaths, Ottawa County had 14 cases and one death, and Genesee County had 11 cases and one death.

There were no cases or deaths in Isaballa County, and one case each in Clare and Gratiot counties.

Vaccination rates inched higher Wednesday with 53.8% of residents age 12 and older starting the process and 46.8% completely vaccinated, including 55.14% in Oakland County, 51.43% in Wayne County, 46.17% in Macomb County, and 27.01% in Detroit.

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