Michigan Reports Highest Increase In New Coronavirus Cases

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MICHIGAN — Michigan reported its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases, just a day after reporting its second-highest single-day increase and less than a week removed from its previous high.

The state added 3,675 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Michigan to 171,220. However, state officials said a statewide network error delayed Thursday's data pull to after the 10 a.m. cutoff, meaning some cases that would normally be reported Friday were reported Thursday.

Officials also reported 41 new COVID-19 deaths in Michigan — 22 of which were identified through a vital records search, officials said. The increase in COVID-19 deaths brings the coronavirus death toll in Michigan to 7,298.

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Michigan reported its second highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, adding more than 3,200 new cases. State health officials on Saturday said nearly 115,000 people in Michigan have recovered from the coronavirus.

Earlier on Thursday, health officials issued stricter limitations on indoor gatherings, while also restricting parts of northern Michigan, saying that coronavirus hospitalizations have doubled in the last three weeks and the statewide death rate has risen for five straight weeks.

As part of the newly extended orders, the state reduced the maximum gathering size for indoor gatherings from 500 to 50 people.

"The only way to beat COVID is to act on what we've learned since March," MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. "Wear masks. Keep six feet of distance. Wash hands. And avoid the indoor get-togethers where we have seen COVID explode."

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According to the World Health Organization, Michigan has been rising among states reporting the most COVID-19 cases. While beginning the week 18th in the U.S. in reported cases of the coronavirus, Michigan is 15th in the nation in reported cases as of Thursday morning. Michigan is 10th in the U.S. in reported COVID-19 deaths.

More than 9.1 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the U.S., according to the World Health Organization. Over 233,000 COVID-19 deaths have also been reported in the U.S., which leads the world in both categories. Nearly 6 million COVID-19 recoveries have been reported.

Over 45 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. That includes more than 1.1 million reported COVID-19 deaths and over 32.8 million reported COVID-19 recoveries.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Patch