Michigan added 1,791 new COVID-19 cases and 23 more deaths Saturday, making the week the state’s largest increase in positive cases during the pandemic.
The additions bring the state’s total number of cases to 144,897 and total deaths to 7,010. Of the deaths reported Saturday, 15 were added from a review of vital records.
In the past week, Michigan has had 10,241 confirmed cases of the virus. The seven-day average for daily new cases now stands at 1,463. The previous highest seven-day average was 5.-1
The daily increases also put October in motion to generate Michigan’s biggest month for new cases since April, when the virus peaked in the state. The daily average for new cases has increased every month since June.
Michigan set a new daily record for reported cases of coronavirus with 2,030 revealed Thursday in fear of a potential second wave and questions about how state officials will respond. The state also added more than 2,000 cases Friday.
While some of the COVID-19 cases published Thursday were from the previous day and their reporting was delayed due to a treatment issue, the seven-day average for new cases in Michigan reached its highest point since the beginning of April.
Deaths and hospitalizations associated with the virus are also pulling upward, but remain well below where they were during the initial COVID-19 peak this spring.
“You may not yet see the increase in hospitalizations and deaths because it depends a lot on the age group getting it,” said Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology at Michigan State University. “It simply came to our notice then.
“(Infected people) go to the store, next thing you know, an older person gets infected – and it doesn’t have to be an older person. Young people die. It happens.”
Prior to this week, Michigan had not experienced a week with at least two days in which 30 or more new deaths were reported since early June. Thirty deaths were revealed Tuesday.
Admissions linked to the virus have also been rising. Health facilities are concerned about the impact of influenza and coronavirus, which are potentially both pathogenic humans and testing medical capacity.
As of Thursday, 1,017 adults were hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan, an 80% increase from the 564 admissions reported a month earlier.
As of last week, 104,271 people were considered “recovered.”
State health officials were aware of a “slowdown” in laboratory treatment that began Tuesday and delayed treatment of some entries in the state’s disease surveillance system, said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
As a result, Thursday’s report contained some data that would normally be included on Wednesday, Sutfin said.
“We know the number of cases is rising across the state, which is why we continue to urge all Michigan residents to take precautions against COVID-19, including wearing masks, social distances, washing hands and staying home if they are sick,” Sutfin said.
The number of virus outbreaks was also updated Monday to include those reported per. October 8.
Michigan schools have registered 26 new outbreaks as of Monday. Of the outbreaks, 18 were at K-12 schools. See an updated list of school outbreaks online.
Overall, across the state, Michigan has 123outbreaks defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside a household.
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