419 more coronavirus cases, 19 more related deaths in MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has recorded 19 more deaths linked to coronavirus and on Thursday confirmed 419 more cases, according to data released by the state.

The new data brings the total number of deaths to 6,368 and the total number of cases to 94,697 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March. Of the 19 deaths reported Thursday, 11 were found during a records review.

In Wayne County, where the virus has hit hardest, there was five more deaths for a total of 2,717 and 80 additional cases confirmed for a total of 27,992 since the outbreak’s beginning. Oakland County has had 13,383 confirmed cases (65 more than the previous day) and 1,103 deaths (two more). Macomb County has had 11,257 cases (54 more) and 920 deaths (two more).

In West Michigan, Branch, Cass, Kent, Ottawa and Van Buren counties all recorded an additional death.

Branch County has a total of three deaths and 361 cases. Cass has 15 deaths and 327 cases (three more). Kent County has 156 deaths and 7,195 cases (13 more). Ottawa County has 56 deaths and 1,855 cases (seven more). Van Buren County has 13 deaths and 474 cases.

Statewide, hospitalizations remain low, as do the number of deaths each day. Cases seem to have plateaued. The state has not yet released Wednesday’s county-by-county data, or testing numbers.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated her office was looking at letting some more businesses reopen. Gyms, theaters and some other businesses remain shut down five months after Whitmer first ordered them to close to slow the spread of the virus. The governor said more information would be available on that front next week.