Michigan reports record number of new confirmed virus cases

Oct 16, 2020

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Michigan on Thursday reported more than 2,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the highest yet during the pandemic — as COVID-19 continued spreading more rapidly across the state.

The record case count, 2,030, topped the previous record of 1,953 from early April, though the state health department said “a number” should have been recorded in Wednesday’s total. There was far less testing back then, so cases were likely much higher. Still, the trendlines are not positive.

The seven-day average of daily cases rose to about 1,338, from 965, over two weeks. The seven-day average positivity rate, 3.75%, was up from roughly 3% on Sept. 30.