GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has confirmed another 5,772 cases of coronavirus and recorded 62 additional related deaths as the state’s surge continues.
The data released by the state Wednesday brings the total number of confirmed cases to 277,806 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March and the total number of associated deaths to 8,190.
On Tuesday, labs in Michigan tested 52,424 samples for the virus and 7,050 came back positive, a rate of 13.45%.
Ten of the deaths were in Kent County, which has now seen 263 deaths linked to the virus. The county also confirmed 573 more cases for a total of 24,957 since the start of the outbreak.
Several West Michigan counties also recorded additional deaths:
- Barry County: One more death for 11 total; 1,459 total cases since the start of the outbreak.
- Branch County: Three more deaths for 22 total; 1,608 total cases.
- Ionia County: One more death for 13 total; 1,639 total cases.
- Kalamazoo County: Two more deaths for 144 total; 6,559 total cases.
- Montcalm County: Two more deaths for 21 total; 1,258 total cases.
- Muskegon County: Two more deaths for 123 total; 5,476 total cases.
- Newaygo County: One more death for 10 total; 1,184 total cases.
- Oceana County: One more death for 10 total; 941 total cases.
- St. Joseph County: One more death for 28 total; 1,893 total cases.
- Van Buren County: Four more deaths for 27 total; 1,999 total cases.
In Wayne County, which was the state’s early hot spot for the virus but is no longer seeing the worst figures, added 796 more cases for a total of 49,563 and four more deaths for a total of 2,966. Also in southeast Michigan, Oakland County has had 32,288 confirmed cases (573 more than the previous day) and 1,234 deaths (two more). Macomb County has had 28,178 cases (542 more) and 1,123 deaths (two more).
State officials say Michigan now ranks sixth in the nation for new cases of COVID-19, fifth in recent deaths and 10th for hospitalizations.
The seven-day average of new cases per million people per day is now about 538, well above the spring peak, when it never broke 130. West Michigan is seeing the worst rate of any region in the state with about 782 cases per million people per day.
The positive test percentage has been rising for weeks and the seven-day average is closing in on 14%, more than four times higher than the 3% that public health officials say demonstrates community spread is controlled.
Statewide, some 3,772 hospital inpatients were either suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health had 333 COVID-19 inpatients throughout its hospital system.
The average of daily deaths is now above 30. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Lyon-Callo said during a Wednesday morning virtual press conference that health officials expect to see many more deaths before things start improving.
Several new restrictions meant to help flatten the curve went into effect Wednesday and are scheduled to last three weeks. Restaurants must halt dine-in services, movie theaters must close, high school sports are suspended, high schools and colleges must shift to remote learning, and social gatherings should be limited to no more than two households.
Citing the increase in COVID-19 spread, the Grand Rapids Public Library said Wednesday it is halting in-person service starting Monday. Curbside options will still be available.
In recent days, both public health officials and hospital leaders have pleaded with the public to follow the new rules and keep up with coronavirus mitigation practices including frequent hand washing, practicing 6-foot social distancing, avoiding gatherings and wearing a mask in public.
**Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Dr. Lyon-Callo’s last name. We regret the mistake, which has been fixed.