451 more coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths in Michigan

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**Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the one-day increase in cases in Kent County. We regret the mistake, which has been fixed.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has recorded seven more deaths linked to coronavirus and on Sunday confirmed 451 more cases, the latest state data shows.

The figures released Monday afternoon bring the total number of deaths to 6,480 and the total number of cases to 102,468 since the virus was first identified in Michigan in March.

Labs on Sunday tested 19,760 samples for the virus and 627 came back positive; the number of positive tests does not equal the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once. The percentage of positive tests was 3.17%.

None of the seven most recent deaths were in West Michigan. Kent County did confirm 38 additional cases of the virus over the previous day for a total of 7,751 since the outbreak began.

In Wayne County, where the virus has hit hardest, there were two more deaths for a total of 2,745 and 71 additional cases for a total of 29,393 since March. Neighboring Oakland County has had 14,452 cases and 1,120 deaths. Macomb County has had 12,325 cases and 929 deaths.

As of Friday, the Michigan Department of Corrections, which is dealing with an outbreak at its Muskegon prison, said it had 842 “active” COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, it had recorded 5,276 cases since March and 71 deaths.

The state is now releasing information on the types of places where COVID-19 outbreaks have been identified. Long-term care facilities like nursing homes continue to have the most outbreaks; separately, the state is listing the number of cases at skilled nursing facilities. However, the state is still not releasing the names of or number of cases at other types of locations, like farms and food processing plants, bars and restaurants, schools and colleges, various workplaces, jails or homeless shelters.

Michigan continues to see fair trends in key metrics that help show the scope of the outbreak. Cases seem to have plateaued and the numbers of deaths each day remain low. Hospitals remain well within capacity.

The seven-day average of tests run each day has surpassed 30,000. Additionally, the seven-day average for the percentage of daily positive tests has dropped to just above 3%. State health officials previously said a rate consistently below 3% would show community spread was controlled.

In West Michigan, the daily positive rate was around 2% as of Friday, the most recent date for which data is listed on the states MI Start Map. It’s a little higher in southwest Michigan, but still below 3%.


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