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Michigan adds 779 cases, 20 deaths linked to COVID-19

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Michigan added 779 cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths related to the virus on Tuesday.

Of the deaths, six were identified during a delayed records review, the state said.

Tuesday's new additions bring the state's total number of cases to 98,439 and total number of deaths to 6,417. 

With probable cases included, Michigan has 108,637 cases and 6,664 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Of those infected, the statewide fatality rate has dropped from 9.5% in June to 6.5% as of Tuesday. The infection rate has dropped from 7.5% at the start of August.

Paul Zimmermann of George Matick Chevrolet in Redford points to the COVID-19 signage displayed on the front entrance.

Nearly 21,000 tests were completed on Monday, the last day that testing was reported in the state, and 400 returned positive, the state said. The state's positivity rate peaked on March 15, with 65% of tests returning positive.

"So we're doing a lot of different types of testing. We've got new tests coming in online and regularly," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday. "We are on the front edge of the different types of tests that are happening. Some of them have greater efficacy, other are in doubt but we're going to move forward and take advantage of every opportunity we can to get more people tested."

"We're up to about 30,000 tests a day in Michigan, we're leading in the Midwest... we're dropping our numbers," she said. "We're in a stronger position than most other states."

In Detroit, the state's hardest-hit city, the infection rate has dropped to 1%, officials say. The city has 13,522 cases and 1,507 deaths from the virus as of Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, 631 Michigan residents were hospital inpatients with the virus, and 86 are on ventilators in intensive care units, compared to 173 on ventilators the previous two weeks, the state recorded.

The state also has 952 influenza hospitalizations and six pediatric deaths.

Of the 222 outbreaks in the last two weeks, the majority, 79 outbreaks have been at long-term care facilities. Additionally, social gatherings including birthday parties, graduations, funerals and weddings, have contributed to 24 outbreaks, according to the state.

In long-term care facilities, 8,084 residents and 4,269 staff members have confirmed cases. More than 6,200 are recovering. Since March, 2,071 residents and 21 staff members have died from the virus.

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