Published 3:40 p.m. ET October 31, 2020 |
Michigan added in the week that set a record for COVID-19 cases with 3,792 new cases confirmed on Saturday.
Michigan also had 31 more confirmed deaths on Saturday ̵1; 20 of them were identified during a review of the case. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the addition brings the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 178,180 and the total number of confirmed deaths to be 7,340.
Michigan had a total of 20,154 cases this week, the third consecutive weekly record break. It broke last week’s record with 13,129 confirmed cases and 10,241 cases two weeks ago.
Saturday’s 3,792 daily cases are also a record for one day, surpassing Thursday’s high of 3,675 cases.
Michigan’s numbers are even higher than the possible circumstances. The state currently has 197.406 probable and confirmed deaths and 7,699 confirmed and probable deaths, according to state health department data.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer, said Friday that she is “very concerned” about what she sees across Michigan, especially on the weekend of the holiday season.
“Local health departments are investigating more than 400 outbreaks, and we know there is virus transmission in the general community,” she said. “Cases are on the rise in every region of the state. Wearing masks and avoiding high-risk activities like crowdsourcing is still important if we’re going to lower this curve.”
On Thursday, the state health department announced a restriction on indoor gatherings with no fixed seating for 50 people – the limit is 500 people – and restrict individual table sizes at restaurants are at six persons.
Restaurants in Michigan will also have to begin tracking names and number of customers in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak that begins Monday.
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