Michigan reports 799 new coronavirus cases, 21 deaths – MLive.com

Michigan has marked a full week of over 700 new coronavirus cases reported each day.

State health officials reported 799 new positive cases Saturday, Aug. 29, bringing Michigan’s total number of coronavirus cases to 101,478.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also announced 21 new COVID-19 deaths, of which seven were late additions identified during a vital records search conducted three times per week by department staff.

There have been a total of 6,467 deaths linked to the novel respiratory virus in Michigan as of Saturday.

As of Saturday, 76,151 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Michigan. A patient is considered recovered when they are clear of the disease 30 days after initial onset.

Over the past week, the state has averaged 804 new cases per day – the highest seven-day moving average since May 1. Michigan saw its peak seven-day moving average ever on April 4, when the state averaged 1,626 new cases per day. Michigan’s overall coronavirus total surpassed the 100,000 mark Friday.

The state averaged 10 deaths per day over the past week. The daily death average has remained at or below 12 since July 12. That number peaked at 145 deaths per day on April 13 before remaining relatively low for the last three months.

The state has conducted 2.7 million diagnostic tests and 253,766 serology tests since the start of the pandemic.

Wayne County, which is home to the city of Detroit, has accounted for 29,227 — or 29% — of the state’s confirmed cases.

The following three counties with the most confirmed cases in the state are Oakland County with 14,330 confirmed cases and 1,119 deaths; Macomb County with 12,225 confirmed cases and 929 deaths; and Kent County with 7,673 confirmed cases and 160 deaths.

The state health department has identified 70 new coronavirus outbreaks as of Aug. 20, which includes 13 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 11 outbreaks in social gatherings like parties or weddings, and eight employee outbreaks at restaurants across Michigan.

Of the more than 33,000 diagnostic tests processed in Michigan on Thursday, Aug. 27, approximately 3.27 percent came back positive for coronavirus.

To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test finder, here, send an email to COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Cases by day it was reported to the state

First is a chart showing new cases reported to the state each day for the past 20 days. This is based on when a confirmed coronavirus test is reported to the state, which means the patient first became sick days before.

You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases. Thursday’s data wasn’t immediately available due to a technical issue, according to a spokesperson for MDHHS.

(In a few instances, a county reported a negative number (decline) in daily new cases, following a retroactive reclassification by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In those instances, we subtracted cases from the prior date and put 0 in the reported date.)

Cases by day of onset of symptoms

Below this chart shows new cases for the past 20 days based on onset of symptoms. In this chart, numbers for the most recent days are incomplete because of the lag time between people getting sick and getting a confirmed coronavirus test result, which can take up to a week or more.

You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases. (Can’t see the chart? Click here)

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.


In addition to washing hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus.

Health officials say you should be staying at least 6 feet away from others and working from home, if possible.

Use disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray cleaners on frequently-touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, countertops) and carry hand sanitizer with you when you go into places like stores.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has also issued executive orders requiring people to wear face coverings over their mouth and nosewhile in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. See an explanation of what that means here.

Additional information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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