GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – Michigan has registered eight more COVID-19-related deaths and on Thursday confirmed another 734 cases of the virus, according to the latest state data.
state update Friday afternoon brings the total number of dead at 6,199 and total the number of cases confirmed at 81,621 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in early March.
Four of the most recent deaths were in Wayne County, which has been hit hardest by the virus with 2,677 now dead. He also confirmed 147 more cases for a total of 25,524 since the start of the blast. Also in southeastern Michigan, Oakland County there were 11,357 confirmed cases (115 more than the day before) and 1,084 deaths (one more). Macomb County has had 9,107 cases (another 130) and 899 (sustained) deaths.
Kalamazoo County saw two more deaths, bringing the total to 79. There have been 1,403 cases since the outbreak began.
Fifty of the newly confirmed cases were in Kent County, which has now had a total of 6,426 cases since the outbreak began. The death toll was 151.
Nationwide, there are 434 COVID-19 patients in hospital, state data shows. There are plenty of intensive care beds and ventilators for anyone who needs one.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus should be tested, state health officials encourage and isolate while waiting for results. You can go to state website to find a testing site near you.
Laboratories in Michigan on Thursday tested 31,590 samples for the coronavirus and 1,095 came back positive. The number of positive tests is higher than the number of newly confirmed cases because some people can be tested more than once, but the state says its reporting system has been set up to ensure that a single person cannot constitute more than one case.
The percentage of positive tests for the day was 3.46%. Days ago, when about 29,400 samples were tested, the positive percentage was 3.8%.
State officials are concerned about an increase in the percentage of positive daily tests. This rate was mostly below 3% in June, but recently rose to an average of 3.7%. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state chief medical officer, said a rate below 3% indicates the spread of the community is controlled.
The good news is that the number of cases per million people per day continues to fall across the country. The figure was low enough in Western Michigan that the region had dropped from a high-risk level to a high-average state risk level.
However, citing outbursts linked to social rallies, Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week added some restrictions in the lower Northern Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, bringing those regions into alignment with the rest of the state by telling bars to stop domestic service and limiting house gatherings to 10.
Public health officials also continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask in public, wash their hands often, and practice 6-foot social distance.