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Michigan reports a record 3,338 new coronavirus cases in one day

LANSING, MI — More than 3,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed among Michigan residents in a single day.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 3,338 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths. For comparison, the prior day saw 1,826 new cases and 18 deaths. The number of new cases is nearly double the state’s previous record of single-day cases.

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a press release. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

Since the pandemic struck, Michigan has had 158,026 positive cases, 7,182 of which resulted in death. In addition, the state has had 17,586 probable cases and 340 probable deaths.

“While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it does represent more current trends in disease occurrence,” the MDHHS stated in an Oct. 24 press release. “In fact, more than 96% of the test results being reported today originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days.”

The agency went on to state that as data is collected by the state’s public health community that better describes cases, it is continuing to see clusters of COVID-19 associated with facilities, programs, and schools.

“These cases, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have been contributing to the elevation in reports of confirmed COVID-19 infection,” the MDHHS stated.

Michigan’s statewide fatality rate of coronavirus infection is now at 4.5 percent.

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here. To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test finder, here, send an email to [email protected], or call 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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