Tuesday, 08 June 2021 22:48

Michigan 51st in Nationwide COVID-19 Recovery, Study Says

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square
The skyline of Grand Rapids, MI, at dusk.  The skyline of Grand Rapids, MI, at dusk.  Shutterstock.com/Sean Pavone


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Michigan’s COVID-19 recovery is the slowest in the nation, according to a WalletHub study released June 8.

Here are Michigan’s metrics using data current as of June 7.


Recovery from COVID-19 in Michigan (1=Quickest, 25=Avg.):


  • 25th---Share of Population Fully Vaccinated
  • 35th---Share of Vaccine Supply Used
  • 25th---COVID-19 Death Rate
  • 46th---COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate
  • 18th---Share of Hospitals with Staff Shortages
  • 45th---Share of Hospitals with Supply Shortages
  • 34th---Average Daily Restaurant Visits
  • 44th---Real GDP vs. Pre-COVID Levels
  • 46th---Total Weekly Job Postings vs. Pre-COVID Levels
  • 41st---Total Weekly Consumer Spending vs. Pre-COVID Levels
  • 28th---Real Estate Active Listings vs. Pre-COVID Levels


“Michigan ranks as having the slowest recovery from COVID-19 in part because it has some of the highest COVID-19 hospitalization and positive testing rates in the country,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said in a statement. “Michigan has seen one of the biggest declines in real [Gross Domestic Product] due to the pandemic, it ranks as the seventh highest when it comes to the share of hospitals reporting supply shortages and has one of the highest rates of COVID-related doctor visits in the past week.”


The fastest-recovering states were Iowa, Nebraska and Alaska in that order.


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