Nearly half of Michigan counties had no new cases or deaths from coronavirus Wednesday, and just seven counties and Detroit had new case counts in double digits in a sign of the waning impact of the virus.

The state health department announced 257 new cases statewide and seven deaths, with 37 of the state’s 83 counties having no new numbers.

Of the eight areas with new cases in low double digits, they were in southeast and west Michigan.

There were 38 cases and two deaths in Wayne County, 26 cases and one death in Oakland County, 26 cases and one death in Macomb County, and 18 cases and two deaths in Detroit.

In west Michigan, Ottawa County had 16 cases and Muskegon County had 12 cases. More toward mid Michigan, there were 12 cases in Ingham County, 15 cases in Saginaw County, four cases in Gratiot County, two cases in Isabella County, and no cases or deaths in Clare County.

But in all, the state has experienced 891,314 cases and 19,439 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The low numbers have allowed the state to resume much social and economic activities after a turbulent 15 months.

State efforts to vaccinate 70% of the population age 12 and older by July are continuing. More than half the population have begun the vaccination process and nearly half have completed it.



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