More than 1,800 more coronavirus cases, 18 more deaths in MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has confirmed more than 1,800 more cases of coronavirus as the state on Wednesday testing nearly 58,000 samples for the virus.

On Friday, the state announced 1,826 more confirmed cases and 18 additional deaths linked to the virus.

The total number of cases in Michigan since March is now 154,688 and the total number of associated deaths is 7,147.

On Thursday, labs in Michigan tested 57,796 samples for the virus — the second most tests run in a single day — and 3,192 came back positive, a rate of 5.52%.

The state has been increasing testing capacity for months. The record for tests in a single day is 60,805, set Oct. 15.

But even as the number of tests continues to grow, the seven-day average of positivity rates has been climbing recently. That’s the opposite of what would happen if the spread of the virus was on the decline. The average is now t 5%. For the bulk of August and September, the statewide percentages were closer to 3%, the threshold that public health officials say shows community spread is controlled.

It’s one of several metrics that show Michigan’s outbreak is worsening. The seven-day average of new cases per million people per day is notably higher than it was at its last peak in April. Hospitalizations are rising, with more than 1,200 adult inpatients believed or confirmed to have COVID-19. About 300 of those are in intensive care.

The average number of deaths each day has also risen in the last month, though it is still far below where it was in April.

As the number of cases grows, state officials are again pleading with everyone to avoid large gatherings, practice 6-foot social distancing, wash their hands frequently and wear a mask in public.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has it, health officials want you to get tested. You can find a testing site near you at Michigan.gov/coronavirustest.

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