GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan on Saturday announced an additional 6,225 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the state.
In all, Michigan has now seen 207,794 confirmed cases since the virus was first detected in the state nearly eight months ago.
Sixty-five more deaths linked to the virus were also added to the state’s tally, bringing the total to 7,578. Forty-two of the newly confirmed deaths were discovered during a review of vital records.
Officials say 128,981 have recovered from the virus, meaning they are still alive a month after developing symptoms.
The county-by-county breakdown of cases was released later than usual. It showed Kent County has recorded 440 more cases for a total of 17,965 since the start of the outbreak and two more deaths for a total of 206.
The Kent County Probate Court announced Saturday it will not hold in-person hearings due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. Hearings will be held over Zoom.
There were also several more deaths in West Michigan counties:
- Barry County: One more death for nine total; 960 total cases since March.
- Berrien County: Two more deaths for 89 total; 3,216 total cases.
- Branch County: One more death for 13 total; 1,059 total cases.
- Calhoun County: Three more deaths for 78 total; 3,525 total cases.
- Kalamazoo County: Three more deaths for 124 total; 5,115 total cases.
- Montcalm County: One more death for 15 total; 869 total cases.
- Muskegon County: Five more deaths for 91 total; 3,595 total cases.
- Newaygo County: Two more deaths for six total; 851 total cases.
- Ottawa County: Three more deaths for 82 total; 6,976 total cases.
In Wayne County, there were three more deaths for a total of 2,911 and 671 additional cases confirmed for a total of 41,700 since March. Neighboring Oakland County has had 24,864 cases (654 more than the previous day) and 1,203 deaths (six more). Macomb County 21,431 cases (563 more) and 1,071 deaths (10 more).
On Friday, labs in Michigan tested 75,552 samples for the virus and 7,484 came back positive, a rate of 9.91%
A number of metrics show the increase in spread, including a rising percentage of positive tests each day, a rising rate of new cases per million people per day, rising hospitalization figures and more deaths each day.
“We are really at a tipping point right now when it comes to COVID-19 in the state,” Michigan’s chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Thursday. “Our rates are rising exponentially and we have general community spread.”
She said that while she was “very concerned” about the state of the outbreak, people could fight back by always following coronavirus mitigation practices: washing their hands frequently, practicing 6-foot social distancing, avoiding gatherings and wearing a mask to help slow the spread of the virus.