More than 4,100 coronavirus cases confirmed in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As Michigan continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases, another 4,101 cases have been confirmed, the state announced Wednesday.

The state also recorded 19 more deaths associated with the virus.

In all, Michigan has now had 192,096 confirmed cases since the virus was first detected in the state early eight months ago. Deaths linked to the virus now total 7,419.

On Tuesday, labs in Michigan tested 42,336 samples for the virus and 4,368 came back positive, a rate of 10.32%. The positive test rate has been climbing for weeks and its seven-day average is now above 8%, one of several indicators that Michigan’s outbreak is worsening. Public health officials say a rate below 3% shows community spread is controlled.

Kent County confirmed 463 more cases, bringing its total to 16,535 since March. It also added one more death for a total of 191.

Several other West Michigan counties also saw additional deaths:

  • Allegan County: One more death for a total of eight; 1,550 total cases confirmed since the start of the outbreak.
  • Branch County: One more death for a total of 12; 949 total cases.
  • Calhoun County: One more death for a total of 71; 3,217 total cases.
  • Cass County: One more death for a total of 25; 1,088 total cases.

In Wayne County, there were four more deaths for a total of 2,899 and 474 more cases confirmed for a total of 40,113 since the start of the outbreak. Oakland County has had 23,355 cases (448 more than the previous day) and 1,192 deaths (no change). Macomb County has had 19,928 cases (367 more) and 1,053 deaths (no change).

Michigan’s seven-day average of new cases per million people per day has been on the rise since mid-September. While every region of the state is seeing more cases, the worst figures are in Southwest Michigan, West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

The number of people being hospitalized has ballooned, with nearly 2,200 adult inpatients suspected or confirmed to have the virus as of Wednesday.

The seven-day average of daily COVID-19-related deaths each day has also been up in recent weeks.