(WXYZ) — The number of COVID-19 cases continues to go up in Michigan, but it's the younger age groups that are getting the virus more and more in the state.
In the last 50 days, cases within the age group of 0-19 years old are up more than 200%, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
On July 7, the age group between 0-19 has 2,861 cases. By Aug. 26, that number had jumped to 8,644 cases, an increase of 5,783 cases and 202%.
The next largest increase in those 50 days came in the 20-29 age group, which saw a 79% increase in cases. On July 7, there were 9,280 cases, the fifth-largest number for age groups. As of Aug. 26, there are now 16,644 cases in the age group, the most among any group in the state.
|Age Group||July 7 Cases||Aug. 26 cases||Percentage increase|
Last week, the state announced that there were 14 COVID-19 outbreaks identified in Michigan schools this month, and 10 of the 14 outbreaks were in metro Detroit.
It comes as kids begin going back to school in both K-12 and colleges. At Central Michigan University, there are more than 100 COVID-19 cases confirmed
Hospitalizations also remain lower than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, with 437 patients throughout the state hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. 91 patients are hospitalized and on ventilators.
While cases continue to increase, deaths are remaining lower than at the height of the pandemic. It follows the trend of younger people getting cases, as the virus tends to kill older people. According to the state health department, 88% of the deaths are ages 60+. The breakdown of deaths by age is below, as of Aug. 26.
20-29 – 25 deaths
30-39 – 63 deaths
40-49 – 210 deaths
50-59 – 522 deaths
60-69 – 1,140 deaths
70-79 – 1,724 deaths
80+ – 2,737 deaths
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