1,121 coronavirus cases confirmed as daily tests top 40K

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan on Wednesday confirmed 1,121 more cases of coronavirus as labs ran the most tests in a single day yet.

The figures released Thursday bring the total number of cases in Michigan to 90,392 since the virus was virus detected in the state in March.

The state also recorded 16 more deaths, nine of which were discovered when the state reviewed death certificates to find any that has not already been reported. In all, Michigan has seen 6,289 deaths linked to the virus.

Labs on Wednesday tested a record 40,398 samples for the virus. For context, the number of daily tests has never surpassed 40,000 and has not surpassed 30,000 since last week.

The percentage of tests that were positive was 3.08%. The seven-day average for that rate is 3.35%. State officials would like to see it below 3% to indicate community spread is under control.

Of all tests run, 1,247 came back positive. The number of daily positive tests and the number of daily new cases are not the same because some people may be tested more than once. State officials say their reporting system is set up in such a way that one person cannot account for more than one confirmed cases.


Wayne County recorded nine more deaths for a total of 2,701 and confirmed an additional 299 cases for a total of 27,155. Hit hardest by the virus, it has seen nearly 43% of all COVID-19-related deaths in Michigan and about 30% of all cases.

Neighboring Oakland County has had 12,713 cases (201 more than the day previous) and 1,093 deaths (three more). Macomb County has had 10,570 cases (150 more) and 911 deaths (no change).

An additional 40 cases were confirmed in Kent County, which has now had 6,987 cases since the outbreak began. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 154.

The following West Michigan counties recorded additional deaths:

  • Montcalm County: One more death for a total of two; 178 total cases.
  • Muskegon County: Two more deaths for a total of 61; 1,152 total cases.
  • Ottawa County: Two more deaths for a total of 54; 1,770 total cases.
  • St. Joseph County: One more death for a total of 10; 529 total cases.

As of Tuesday, the most recent day for which the state’s MI Start Map lists data, the seven-day average of cases per million people per day was 37.2. That figure — a key metric the state has watched — remained on the decline for the past couple of weeks.

The numbers of hospitalizations and deaths remain low.

If you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with the virus, you should get tested.

The Michigan National Guard is helping with two free testing events in West Michigan Thursday afternoon:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for full federal pay and benefits for Guard members helping with coronavirus response through the end of the year.

Michigan was among six states — the others being Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida and Texas — that received only 75% of the federal funding for Guard activities. Every other state got 100% funding.

“This is yet another reason why we need the president and Congress to work together on a bipartisan recovery package that includes direct funding for states,” Whitmer said in a statement. “The health of our families, our economy, and our small businesses depend on the president’s ability to put partisanship aside and work across the aisle to protect the American people. This virus has already taken more than 160,000 American lives on his watch. It’s time for him to do the right thing and help us navigate this crisis.”

Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the sttae’s chief medical executive, will hold a briefing at 11 a.m. Friday on the state’s response to the virus. You can watch that on WOOD TV8 and streaming live on woodtv.com.