GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Michigan recorded eight more COVID-19-related deaths and on Thursday confirmed 734 more cases of the virus, the latest state data shows.
The update from the state Friday afternoon brings the total number of deaths sas-6,199 ul total number of cases confirmed to 81,621 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in early March.
Four of the most recent deaths were in Wayne County, which has been hit hardest by the virus with 2,677 dead now. It also confirmed another 147 cases for a total of 25,524 since the outbreak began. In southwest Michigan, Oakland County had 11,357 confirmed cases (115 more than the previous day) and 1,084 deaths (one more). Macomb County had 9,107 cases (130 more) and 899 deaths (constant).
Kalamazoo County saw two more deaths, bringing the total to 79. It has had 1,403 cases since the outbreak began.
Fifty of the newly confirmed cases were in Kent County, which has now had a total of 6,426 cases since the outbreak began. The death toll was 151.
At State level, there are 434 COVID-19 inmates in the hospital, state data turina. There are enough beds and intensive care ventilators for anyone who needs one.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to the virus should be tested, urge state health officials and identify themselves while awaiting results. You can go the state website to find a test site near you.
Laboratories in Michigan on Thursday tested 31,590 samples for the coronavirus and 1,095 came back positive. The number of positive tests is higher than the number of new cases confirmed because some people may be tested more than once, but the state says its reporting system is in place to ensure that one person is not may represent more than one case.
The percentage of positive tests for the day was 3.46%. The day before, when about 29,400 samples were tested, the positive percentage was 3.8%.
State officials are concerned about an increase in the percentage of daily positive tests. This rate was mostly below 3% in June, but recently rose to an average of 3.7%. Dr Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer, said that rate below 3% shows that community outreach is controlled.
The good news is that the number of cases per million people per day it continues to decline across the state. The figure has dropped enough in Western Michigan that the region has recently been downgraded from high risk to a medium-high risk level by the state.
However, citing outbreaks linked to social gatherings, Govt. Gretchen Whitmer this week added some restrictions in the North of the Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula, by aligning these regions with the rest of the state by telling the bars to stop the inland service and limit the meetings of inside for 10.
Public health officials continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask in public, wash their hands frequently and practice a 6-foot social distance.