GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has recorded four more deaths linked to coronavirus and confirmed 323 more cases.
That’s the highest number of cases in a single day since May 26 when the state recorded 331.
The data released Wednesday brings the total number of deaths to 5,868 and the total number of cases to 61,953 since the outbreak began in March.
On Tuesday, labs in Michigan tested 16,179 samples for coronavirus. Of those, 2.35% were positive. That percentage is similar to what the state has been seeing in recent days.
In Wayne County, where Michigan’s outbreak has been the worst, there were two more deaths and 74 more confirmed cases over the previous day for totals of 2,574 and 21,500, respectively. Oakland County has had 8,704 cases and 1,040 deaths. Macomb County has had 7,017 cases and 861 deaths.
In Genesee County, where Flint is, there have been 2,132 cases and 260 deaths.
Within the Michigan Department of Corrections, there have been 4,097 cases (one more). The number of deaths stands at 68.
Kent and Kalamazoo counties each recorded an additional death for totals of 126 and 66, respectively. Kent County has 4,284 cases and Kalamazoo County has 956.
“Since about June 10, we’ve seen that number flatten (in Kent County), so we’re seeing about the same number of cases on average day over day. So that’s concerning to us, that the downward trend we were seeing a couple of weeks ago has stopped and now we’re seeing this flat line of about 20 to 30 new cases per day,” Kent County Health Department Administrative Health Officer Adam London told News 8 Wednesday. “There are a lot of variables that changed in the last few weeks, the protests were one of those variables, but we have lots of other factors that could be influencing that as well. But it is concerning to us that we’re not seeing that continued downward trend at this point and that’s why it’s really important for everyone to double down and return to those really good public health prevention messages.”
Even as more of the state’s economy has been permitted to reopen and people are allowed to move around more, officials have stressed that the threat of infection remains. People are reminded to follow health safety practices like washing their hands frequently, 6-foot social distancing and wearing masks.
“I think it’s sad that wearing a mask has somehow become a culture war issue, that it’s somehow become of issue about whether or not you agree with one political party or another political persuasion. I think we really need to stick to the science of this and put aside all of that other static,” London said. “What we’re telling you as public health scientists are that social distancing is probably the most important thing you can do to reduce risk and then mask wearing is a great secondary protection.”
London said he wasn’t surprised by word of an outbreak among patrons of a popular bar in East Lansing.
“I expect that we’re going to hear more stories like that over the coming months. This is the reality of living in a world with a novel respiratory virus,” he said. “It is, however, something that we can all do our part to reduce the risk of happening by following the public health recommendations that we’ve been told about for quite some time now.”
Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to get tested. Information on where to find a testing site can be found on the state’s website.
—News 8’s Lynsey Mukomel contributed to this report.