419 more coronavirus cases, 19 more related deaths in MI


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has recorded 19 more deaths linked to coronavirus and on Thursday confirmed 419 more cases, according to data released by the state.

The new data brings the total number of deaths to 6,368 and the total number of cases to 94,697 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March. Of the 19 deaths reported Thursday, 11 were found during a records review.

In Wayne County, where the virus has hit hardest, there was five more deaths for a total of 2,717 and 80 additional cases confirmed for a total of 27,992 since the outbreak’s beginning. Oakland County has had 13,383 confirmed cases (65 more than the previous day) and 1,103 deaths (two more). Macomb County has had 11,257 cases (54 more) and 920 deaths (two more).

In West Michigan, Branch, Cass, Kent, Ottawa and Van Buren counties all recorded an additional death.

Branch County has a total of three deaths and 361 cases. Cass has 15 deaths and 327 cases (three more). Kent County has 156 deaths and 7,195 cases (13 more). Ottawa County has 56 deaths and 1,855 cases (seven more). Van Buren County has 13 deaths and 474 cases.

Statewide, hospitalizations remain low, as do the number of deaths each day. Cases seem to have plateaued.

On Wednesday, labs in Michigan tested 20,100 samples for coronavirus and 665 came back positive. The number of positive tests does not equal the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once, though the state says its system allowed a person to be counted as only one case regardless of the number of tests. The percentage of positive tests for the day was 3.31%.

State health officials would like to see the rate consistently below 3%.

“When you’re testing enough and only a small percent of those tests are coming back positive, again, under 3%, that’s a really good sign that the spread of the disease is under control,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, explained Wednesday, adding that the state is meeting its goal for daily testing.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated her office was looking at letting some more businesses reopen. Gyms, theaters and some other businesses remain shut down five months after Whitmer first ordered them to close to slow the spread of the virus. The governor said more information would be available on that front next week.



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