State confirms 17,162 more COVID-19 cases, 172 deaths


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has confirmed 17,162 more cases of coronavirus and recorded 172 more deaths related to the virus.

The numbers released Friday cover two days’ worth of data because the state did not report numbers Thursday due to Thanksgiving. They say the average number of confirmed cases over the two days is 8,581 per day.

The newest data brings the number of total cases to 341,941 and deaths to 8,933 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March.

Of the 172 deaths reported Friday, 108 of them were found during a routine vital records check.

Labs tested 65,432 samples and 8,390 were positive for a rate of 12.82%.

Deaths were reported in several West Michigan counties:

Allegan County: One more death for 26 total; 3,504 total cases
Barry County: One more death for 13 total; 1,918 total cases
Berrien County: One more death for 110 total; 6,085 total cases
Branch County: Two more deaths for 25 total; 1,970 total cases
Calhoun County: Six more deaths for 115 total; 5,204 total cases
Ionia County: One more death for 15 total; 2,220 total cases
Kalamazoo County: Two more deaths for 158 total; 7,858 total cases
Kent County: 23 more deaths for 330 total; 30,585 total cases
Montcalm County: One more death for 24 total; 1,794 total cases
Muskegon County: Five more deaths for 167 total; 7,107 total cases
Ottawa County: Nine more deaths for 131 total; 12,748 total cases
St. Joseph County: Two more deaths for 32; 2,243 total cases
Van Buren County: Six more for 39 total; 2,576 total cases

In Wayne County, which was the state’s initial hot spot for the virus but is no longer seeing the worst rates, there were 2,345 more cases confirmed and 15 more deaths recorded since Wednesday’s update. Wayne County has now had 57,885 total cases since March and seen 3,032 deaths. Neighboring Oakland County has had 39,102 confirmed cases (1,779 more) and 1,286 deaths (10 more). Macomb County has had 34,228 cases (1,846 more) and 1,198 deaths (15 more).

Michigan is in the midst of a coronavirus surge, with high rates of cases per million people per day well above the spring peak. The percentage of daily positive tests each day is more than four times the 3% that public health officials say demonstrates community spread is controlled.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations have surpassed 4,000 in recent days. Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health says it has 350 patients.

The number of deaths each day is also high, though the figure is still much better than during the spring peak. 


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