GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – Michigan has recorded eight more deaths related to COVID-19, and on Thursday confirmed another 734 cases of the virus, according to the latest state data.
The updates from the state on Friday afternoon brings the total death to 6,199 and total the number of confirmed cases is up to 81,621 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in early March.
The last four deaths occurred in Wayne County, which was hardest hit by the virus. He also confirmed another 147 cases for a total of 25,524 since the outbreak. Also in southeastern Michigan, Auckland County reported 11,357 cases (115 more than the day before) and 1,084 deaths (another). There were 9,107 cases (130 more) and 899 deaths (persistent) in Macomb County.
Two more deaths were reported in Kalamazoo County, resulting in a total of 79 deaths. Since the beginning of the outbreak, there have been 1,403 cases.
Fifty recently confirmed cases are in Kent, where 6,426 cases have now begun since the outbreak. The death toll was 151.
Across the country, the hospital has 434 COVID-19 hospitals, status data shows. There are enough intensive care beds and ventilators for everyone who needs one.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus should be tested, health officials say, and isolate themselves while waiting for results. You can go state website to find a test site near you.
On Thursday, 31,599 coronavirus samples were tested in Michigan laboratories, and 1,095 were tested positive. The number of positive tests exceeds the number of new confirmed cases, as some people may be screened more than once, but the state says its reporting system is designed so that one person cannot count more than one case.
The percentage of positive tests per day was 3.46%. The day before, when about 29,400 samples were tested, the positive percentage was 3.8%.
Government officials are concerned about the increase in the percentage of daily positive tests. This figure was mostly below 3% in June, but has recently risen to an average of 3.7%. Dr. Johnny Khaldun, Chief Health Officer, said: rate below 3% shows that the spread of the community is controlled.
The good news is that the number of cases per million people per day continues to decline across the country. This figure in Western Michigan has declined enough that the region has recently been reduced from high-risk to medium-high risk.
However, citing outbreaks related to social gatherings, Gov. Gothen Whitmer this week added some restrictions in the north of the lower peninsula and upper peninsula, bringing these regions into line with the rest of the state, telling bars to stop indoor service and limit closed meetings to 10.
Health officials also continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask in public, wash their hands frequently, and practice 6-foot social distances.