Michigan has largest weekly COVID-19 case total as death count surpasses 7K

Michigan added 1,791 new COVID-19 cases and 23 more deaths on Saturday, making the week the state’s biggest surge of positive cases during the pandemic. 

The additions bring the state’s total number of cases to 144,897 and total deaths to 7,010. Of the deaths reported on Saturday, 15 were added from a review of vital records.

In the past week, Michigan has had 10,241 confirmed cases of the virus. The seven-day average for daily new cases now stands at 1,463. The previous highest seven-day average was April 5-11, when it was 1,395. That week had 9,768 confirmed cases.

The daily increases also are putting October on pace to generate Michigan’s biggest month for new cases since April, when the virus peaked in the state. The daily average for new cases has increased each month since June. 

Michigan set a new daily record for reported coronavirus cases with 2,030 revealed Thursday amid fears of a potential second wave and questions of how state officials will respond. The state also added more than 2,000 cases on Friday.

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