GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has confirmed another 2,291 cases of coronavirus and recorded 189 more deaths linked to the virus.
The Tuesday data update from the state included 117 deaths discovered during a check of death certificates to find any that had not already been reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
In all, 12,867 deaths in Michigan have been linked to the virus and there have been 504,410 confirmed cases since it was first detected in the state in March 2020.
On Monday, labs in Michigan tested 24,230 samples for the virus — significantly fewer than the recent seven-day average of 33,200. Of all tests run Monday, 2,506 were positive, a rate of 10.34%.
The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once. Additionally, testing numbers are from a single calendar date, while the number of new cases lists the increase since the last time the state compiled the data; these two time frames do not match up precisely.
Kent County confirmed 260 more cases for a total of 42,270 over the last 10 months and recorded four more associated deaths for a total of 531.
Several other West Michigan counties also recorded additional deaths:
- Allegan County: Two more deaths for 60 total; 5,433 total confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak.
- Barry County: Three more deaths for 36 total; 2,851 total cases.
- Berrien County: 10 more deaths for 188 total; 8,925 total cases.
- Branch County: Two more deaths for 67 total; 2,908 total cases.
- Calhoun County: Two more deaths for 184 total; 7,009 total cases.
- Cass County: Two more deaths for 46 total; 2,986 total cases.
- Kalamazoo County: Nine more deaths for 232 total; 11,171 total cases.
- Montcalm County: One more death for 70 total; 2,890 total cases.
- Muskegon County: Five more deaths for 263 total; 9,383 total cases.
- Newaygo County: One more death for 33 total; 2,235 total cases.
- Ottawa County: Four more deaths for 258 total; 17,957 total cases.
- St. Joseph County: Two more deaths for 56 total; 3,380 total cases.
- Van Buren County: One more death for 74 total; 4,001 total cases.
Wayne County recorded 18 more deaths and confirmed 347 more cases for totals of 3,507 and 81,975, respectively — the highest figures of any county in the state. Also in the Detroit area, Oakland County has had 55,645 total cases (250 more than the previous day) and 1,599 deaths (13 more). Macomb County has had 48,518 cases (141 more) and 1,575 deaths (19 more).
Michigan has been seeing positive trends in its outbreak, with the average number of new cases per million people per day down about 70% since the peak in mid-November, hospitalizations down 37% since late November and the number of deaths each day seeing improvements in recent weeks.
Still, the numbers are high. Michigan recorded about 100,000 new cases within the last month alone and the rate of daily deaths is at least five times higher than it was in early September.
Additionally, the seven-day average percentage of positive tests each day is above 9%, more than three times the threshold health experts look for to show the spread of the virus is controlled.
It remains to be seen whether the state will see a surge in cases following Christmas or New Year’s gatherings — it can take two weeks for that to become apparent. The state avoided such a surge after Thanksgiving.
Vaccine distribution continues. The state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that of about 379,000 doses in the state, about 128,400 had been administered as of Sunday.