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Michigan sets single-day record for virus cases

Michigan on Saturday reported more than 3,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the highest yet during the pandemic — amid what a top health official called “alarming increases” in infections throughout the state.

The 3,338 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services surpassed the state’s previous single-day record of 2,030 new cases set Oct. 15. That earlier record had topped the previous record of 1,953 from early April.

The state agency also reported Saturday 35 more deaths from COVID-19, raising Michigan’s pandemic toll to 7,182 deaths.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said in a statement the data shows that “we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan.”

She said it’s “now more important than ever that people take this seriously” and urged Michigan residents to wear a face mask every time they are around someone outside of their own household, to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

“If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die,” Khaldun said.

She noted that the data reported Saturday doesn’t reflect the pandemic’s most current trends in Michigan. Khaldun said more than 96% of the new test results originated from specimens collected from individuals over the past five days.

She said Michigan is continuing to see coronavirus infection clusters associated with facilities, programs and schools that, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have helped fuel the increase in COVID-19 infections.

For the Upper Peninsula, the MDHHS’ COVID-19 data site Saturday listed 202 new positives: 51 in Dickinson County; 42 in Marquette County; 30 in Delta County; 18 in Gogebic County; 17 in Iron County; 16 in Menominee County; 10 in Houghton County; eight in Ontonagon County; three in Baraga, Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties; and two in Alger County. Luce County’s count was reduced by one. The state showed two new deaths in Delta and Gogebic counties and one new in Dickinson and Marquette counties.

In total for the U.P., the MDHHS on Saturday had Keweenaw County with 17 confirmed cases and one probable; Luce County, 36 confirmed cases and 11 probable; Schoolcraft County, 61 confirmed cases and four probable, plus one probable death; Baraga County, 67 confirmed cases, 13 probable and four deaths; Chippewa County, 71 confirmed cases and 57 probable; Ontonagon County, 81 confirmed and 10 probable; Alger County, 80 confirmed, 25 probable and one death; Mackinac County, 122 confirmed cases and 32 probable; Gogebic County, 259 confirmed cases and 110 probable, three confirmed deaths and two probable deaths; Iron County, 389 confirmed cases and 32 probable, 20 confirmed deaths and two probable; Dickinson County, 590 confirmed cases and 13 probable, 17 confirmed deaths and one probable; Menominee County, 602 confirmed cases, 77 probable and three deaths; Houghton County, 755 confirmed cases, 151 probable, eight confirmed deaths and one probable; Marquette County, 836 confirmed cases, 137 probable and 14 deaths; and Delta County, 1,004 confirmed cases and 136 probable, 22 confirmed deaths and two probable. State numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Using only the state figures Saturday, the Upper Peninsula has had 4,970 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date and 92 deaths.

The MDHHS reported 3,338 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Michigan on Saturday — a new single-day record in the state — for a total of 158,026 to date. The state added 35 new deaths Saturday — including 27 that happened earlier but recently were verified through vital records and testing, according to the MDHHS — for a total of 7,182. The state no longer provides updates on Sundays.

For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state’s COVID-19 data site this weekend had 50 new cases in Marinette County, 29 in Vilas County, 14 in Forest County, six in Florence County and five in Iron County.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Sunday had Marinette County with 1,628 confirmed cases, 113 probable cases and 11 deaths; Vilas County, 538 confirmed, 19 probable and five deaths; Forest County, 444 confirmed, 16 probable and 10 deaths; Iron County, 183 confirmed, 23 probable and two deaths; and Florence County, 206 confirmed, 12 probable and seven deaths. As with the Michigan data, the state numbers are updated daily but can lag behind local reports or have other discrepancies.

Wisconsin had 4,062 new positives Saturday and 3,626 on Sunday for a total of 198,166. The state added 25 new COVID-19 deaths Saturday and eight Sunday to reach 1,778.

Dickinson County on Friday had 555 confirmed COVID-19 positives and 17 probables, with 141 recovered, 17 deaths and 414 cases still active. For Iron County, the department had 375 confirmed cases and 34 probables, with 164 recovered, 19 deaths and 226 cases still active.

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