Across the Detroit River, Ontario Has Only a Fraction of Michigan's Covid Cases

October 25, 2021, 8:01 AM by  Allan Lengel

Dr. Betty Chu, a senior vice president at Henry Ford Health System, gives a vaccine at Ford Field this year. (Hospital photo)

Michigan has a population of 10.2 million. Across the Detroit River, Ontario has a population nearly 15 million resdidents.

So, it's interesting that Ontario is reporting only a fraction of Covid cases seen here in Michigan. The Canadian province also has a much higher vaccination rate. 

On Friday, Michigan reported an average of 3,752 new Covid cases, compared to 373 in Ontario, according to Public Health Ontario and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Michigan reported 118 deaths total on Thursday on Friday, 69 of which were from vital records reviews. Ontario reported six deaths Friday.

As of Saturday, Ontario had recorded 597,515 cases since the start of the pandemic compared to 1,104,634 in Michigan. Ontario has recorded 9,846 deaths, compared to 21,862 deaths in Michigan.

Ontario reports that 88 percent of its residents aged 12 and older have gotten at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 84 percent have both shots.

Michigan says 68.4 percent of residents 16 or over have at least one dose, while 60.1 percent are fully vaccinated. 

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