Michigan added 1,791 new COVID-19 cases and 23 more deaths on Saturday, making the week the largest increase in state positive cases during the pandemic.
The additions brought the total number of state cases to 144,897 and total deaths to 7,010. Of the deaths reported on Saturday, 15 were added from an examination of important records.
Last week, Michigan had 10,241 confirmed virus cases. The seven-day average for daily new cases is now at 1,463. The previous highest seven-day average was April 5-11, at 1,395. That week there were 9,768 confirmed cases.
The daily increase is also putting October at a pace to produce Michigan’s biggest month for new cases since April, when the virus peaked in the state. The daily average for new cases has risen every month since June.
Michigan has set a new daily record for reported coronavirus cases with 2,030 revealed Thursday amid fears of a potential second wave and questions about how state officials will respond. The state also added more than 2,000 cases on Friday.
While some of the COVID-19 cases disclosed on Thursday were from the previous day and their reporting was delayed due to a processing problem, the seven-day average for new Michigan cases reached its highest point since early April.
Deaths and hospitalizations linked to the virus also vary but remain below where they were at the initial COVID-19 peak here in the spring.
“You may not have seen the increase in hospitalizations and deaths because it depends on the age group that gets it,” said Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology at Michigan State University. “But it will not stay that way.
“(Infected people) go to the store, next thing you know, some older people get infected – and it doesn’t have to be an older person. Young people are dying. It happens.”
Prior to this week, Michigan did not experience a week with at least two days when 30 or more new deaths were reported since early June. Thirty deaths were revealed on Tuesday.
Hospitals tied to the virus are also growing. Health care facilities are concerned about the impact of the flu and the coronavirus that could both infect people and test medical capabilities.
As of Thursday, 1,017 adults had been hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, an 80% increase from the 564 hospitalized reported a month earlier.
As of last week, 104,271 people were considered “recovered.”
State health officials are aware of a “slowdown” in laboratory processing that began Tuesday, delaying the processing of some entries in the state’s disease monitoring system, said Lynn Sutfin, Department of Health spokesman and Human Services.
As a result, Thursday’s report features some data that may be included on Wednesday, Sutfin said.
“We know that case numbers will go up all over the state, so we continue to urge all Michigandans to take precautions against COVID-19, including wearing masks, social exclusion, hand washing. and staying home if they are sick, “Sutfin said.
The number of virus outbreaks has also been updated Monday to include those reported from October 8.
Michigan schools recorded 26 new outbreaks as of Monday. Of the outbreaks, 18 were in K-12 schools. Check out an updated list of school bursts online.
Overall statewide, Michigan has 123bursts, defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside a household.
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