Michigan adds six deaths, 565 cases due to COVID-19 as positive count slows

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Michigan recorded six deaths and 565 cases from the novel coronavirus Sunday. The state's overall case tally reached 92,720 and the death count hit 6,324, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

When probable cases are included, the death tally is 6,592 and cases total 102,259, according to MDHHS.

In the past seven days, the state added 75 deaths due to the virus. The cases had been increasing from an average of 700 cases added each day over the last week until Sunday's dip.

Of those infected, the statewide fatality rate has dropped from 9.5% in June to 6.8% as of Sunday.

In Detroit, the state's hardest-hit city, the infection rate is near 1%, said Mayor Mike Duggan. The city has 13,211 confirmed cases and 1,496 deaths from the novel virus as of Sunday. 

One of the many hand sanitizing stations at the Detroit Zoo.

Michigan officials last week touted a plateau in new coronavirus cases, noting the trend extends to Detroit, which is experiencing a lower incidence than the surrounding suburbs.

The Detroit region — which includes Wayne County and eight surrounding counties — is at 50 cases per million persons per day with a positivity rate of 4.1%, Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun said during a Friday press conference. 

More than 30,000 tests were completed in the state Friday and 1,751 returned positive, the state recorded. The state peaked on March 15, with 65% of tests returning positive.

But the city's rate is much lower at 26 cases per million people per day and a positivity rate of 2.6%. The state has said manageable rates that could influence reopening decisions rest at about 20 cases per million people and a positivity rate of about 3%. 

By contrast, more affluent Macomb County has the highest rate in the region with 82 cases per million people per day and a positivity rate of 7.4%, Khaldun said. 

In long-term care facilities, 8,023 residents have confirmed cases of the virus while another 6,172 are recovering. As of Thursday, 2,090 residents and 21 staff members have died from the virus. Another 4,135 staff members have also contracted it.

Last week, 70 residents have died from the virus and 304 workers have contracted it.

The ongoing pandemic has led to the extended closure of the U.S. and Canadian border through Sept. 4. Canadian officials also fear Michigan residents will attempt to cross the border illegally during the annual Port Huron Float Down on Sunday. 

Authorities say they'll have "no tolerance" during the weekend and people who do cross the border could face a $750,000 fine and possible isolation with a 14-day quarantine.

Also, in a rare Saturday session, the Michigan Senate approved bills that allow schools to choose whether to meet in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic and require them to ensure interactions between teachers and students happen if they meet virtually.

More than 67,700 people in Michigan have recovered from the virus, meaning they are 30 days out from their onset of illness, according to state data.


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