More a third of Michigan counties had no new cases or deaths from coronavirus in a marked improvement in the state’s daily numbers for more than 14 months.

The state health department announced 446 new cases and 27 deaths Friday, and the numbers indicate 29 of the state’s 83 counties had no cases or deaths reported.

Even as new case numbers wane, virus activity remains the highest in more populated counties in southeast and west Michigan.

There were 94 cases and three deaths in Wayne County, 38 cases and four deaths in Oakland County, 28 cases and three deaths in Macomb County, and 27 cases and four deaths in Detroit.

In west Michigan, there were 35 cases in Kent County, 20 cases and one death in Ottawa County, and 13 cases in Kalamazoo County.

In mid Michigan, there were 11 cases and three deaths in Genesee County, four cases in Isabella County, one case in Gratiot County, and one death in Clare County.

In all, the state has had 889,957 cases of the virus and 19,293 deaths since the start of the pandemic, but the daily numbers suggest that rising vaccination rates are having a positive impact.

More than 50% of residents age 12 and older have started the vaccination process and nearly 50% have completed it.



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