GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has recorded four more deaths linked to coronavirus and confirmed 868 more cases, according to data released by the state.
The percentage of tests that were positive was 2.59%.
As of Friday, 72,580 people have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they are still alive a month after developing symptoms.
No new deaths were recorded in West Michigan.
In Wayne County, where the virus has hit hardest, three more deaths were recorded and the total remained at 2,725. Wayne County confirmed 153 more cases for a total of 28,530 since the outbreak’s beginning. Oakland County deaths stood at 1,109. It has had 13,826 cases (128 more than the previous day). Deaths in Macomb County stood at 920. It has had 11,739 cases (138 more).
Genesee County, where Flint is, recorded an additional death for a total of 278. It has had 3138 cases.
On Friday, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld Whitmer’s extension of a state of emergency linked to the pandemic, ruling a state law gives her the power to do so and that the law itself is not unconstitutional. Republicans in the state Legislature, sued Whitmer after they refused to extend the emergency in April and she did it without them, promised they would appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. The emergency declaration currently runs through Sept. 4; Whitmer may choose to extend it again.
Outbreak trends in Michigan are still much better than many other states are seeing. Statewide, hospitals remain well within capacity. Cases seem to have plateaued, state data shows, and the numbers of deaths each day remain low.
Still, some businesses remain closed as part of mitigation efforts — though Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has indicated there may be changes on that front next week. Meanwhile, the governor’s office announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had approved her request to send an extra $300 weekly payment to about 910,000 Michigan residents getting unemployment benefits.