GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GOOD) – Michigan recorded eight more deaths linked to COVID-19 and on Thursday confirmed 734 more virus cases, the latest state data shows.
Ang update from the state Friday afternoon carries the total number of death at 6,199 and the total number of confirmed cases 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 infected by the virus with 2,677 dead today. It also confirmed 147 more cases for a total of 25,524 since the outbreak began. Also in southeast Michigan, Oakland County had 11,357 confirmed cases (115 more than the day before) and 1,084 deaths (another). Macomb County had 9,107 cases (130 more) and 899 deaths (stable).
Kalamazoo County saw two more deaths, bringing the total to 79. It has had 1,403 cases since the outbreak began.
Fifty of the newly confirmed cases are in Kent County, which now has a total of 6,426 cases since the outbreak began. The death toll stood at 151.
Statewide, there are 434 COVID-19 hospital inpatients, state data shows. There are adequate care beds and fans for everyone in need.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or exposed to the virus should be diagnosed, state health officials encourage, and isolate themselves while they wait for results. You can go on the state website to find a test site near you.
Labs in Michigan on Thursday tested 31,590 samples for coronavirus and 1,095 returned as well. The number of positive reviews is higher than the number of newly verified cases because some people can be tested more than once, but the state says this reporting system is set up to ensure that a single person cannot account for more than one case.
The percentage of positive tests for the day was 3.46%. The day before, when about 29,400 samples were tested, the positive percentage was 3.8%.
State officials are concerned about an increase in the percentage of daily positive tests. That rate was almost less than 3% in June, but recently rose to an average of 3.7%. Joneigh Khaldun, chief executive officer of the state, said a rate below 3% Shows community spread is controlled.
The good news is the number of cases per million people per day continues to decline across the state. The figure has denied enough in West Michigan that the region has recently been downgraded from high-risk to medium-high state risk levels.
However, citing the uprisings linked to social gatherings, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week added some restrictions in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, which brought those regions to the rest of the state by telling the bars to stop the internal service and limit the internal assembly to 10.
Public health officials also continue to encourage everyone to wear masks in public, wash their hands often and practice a 6-foot social journey.