Michigan reports spike in coronavirus deaths after records review finds missed cases
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The state is reporting 437 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, July 25, a decrease of more than 100 cases compared to Friday’s daily count of 594 cases.

Michigan now has seen 76,978 total COVID-19 cases compared to 76,541 on Friday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Recent data quality review operations at the state level, however, has led to a bit of a shuffle in the latest COVID-19 death statistics.

Fourteen deaths were reported on Saturday, in comparison to three deaths on Friday. According to Michigan health officials, the deaths announced today include eight deaths identified during a vital records review.

Manual data entry errors were also discovered in relation to the cumulative death total, leading to a decrease of 16 cumulative deaths. The errors in death ascertainment occurred during local case investigations and involved mistakenly indicating individuals as being deceased who were not, according to a statement from the state.

Hospitalizations were reported to be down, with 481 in-patients and 113 patients on ventilators reported on Friday, July 24.

As of Thursday, July 23, 981 — or 3.5% — of 27,879 diagnostic test conducted came back positive for the virus.

The Grand Rapids region remains at a high risk level as of July 22, according to the state’s MI Safe Start Map, which was created by the University of Michigan’s School of Information and School of Public Health.

The Detroit, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions remain at medium high risk level, with the Traverse City region remaining at a medium risk level.

Here’s a look at the five Michigan counties with the most confirmed cases.

1. Wayne County: 24,371 cases (2,666 deaths)

2. Oakland County: 10,542 cases (1,083 deaths)

3. Macomb County: 8,425 cases (899 deaths)

4. Kent County: 6,020 cases (148 deaths)

5. Genesee County: 2,582 cases (269 deaths)

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 COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

COVID-19 PREVENTION TIPS

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 an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings over their mouth and nose while inside enclosed, public spaces.

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

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