GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Michigan has recorded four more deaths linked to coronavirus and on Tuesday confirmed 262 more cases, the latest state figures show.
Labs in Michigan on Tuesday tested 16,780 samples for coronavirus and 2.56% came back positive. The percentage of positive tests hovered between 2% and 3% for most of June.
One of the four additional deaths was in Kalamazoo County, bringing that county’s total to 67. It has had 1,017 cases since March.
There were 38 additional cases confirmed in Kent County, bringing the total to 4,533. The number of deaths stood at 131.
Wayne County, including the city of Detroit, also recorded one more death for a total of 2,602 and 59 more cases over the previous day for a total of 21,931. Oakland County has had 8,922 cases and 1,049 deaths. Macomb County has had 7,194 cases and 879 deaths.
The Ingham County Health Department told News 8 Wednesday that 138 cases are now associated with the outbreak stemming from Harper’s Pub in East Lansing. Of those, 119 are primary and 19 are secondary. All of those sickened at the bar are younger people, ranging in age from 16 to 28. Some of the cases are in people who live outside Ingham County.
Ingham County now has 999 confirmed cases and 29 people have died there.
Within the Michigan Department of Corrections, there have been 4,106 cases. The number of deaths among inmates has stood at 68 for weeks.
State data shows about 11% of statewide total cases have been among residents of skilled nursing facilities, as have a third of the total deaths.
Officials say Michigan is seeing a slight uptick in cases and a reversal in the demographics of patients, with more of them now younger than the age of 50. As a result, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday closed indoor seating in bars in the lower part of the state. Bars may still have outdoor seating, and bars in the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan don’t have to make any changes.
During a Tuesday briefing, Whitmer urged everyone to celebrate the holiday weekend safely by practicing social distancing, keeping gatherings small and consistently wearing masks in public.
Just about everyone who wants a coronavirus test can now get one. The state has launched a new online tool to make it easier to find testing sites, with filters for various needs. Anyone who calls the Michigan COVID-19 hotline at 888.535.6136 and presses 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday will be transferred automatically to a 211 operator who can help them find a testing site.