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Nearly 2,300 additional cases of the COVID-19 virus and 189 more deaths have been reported by health officials in Michigan. The numbers posted Tuesday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website brings the total number of confirmed virus cases in the state to 504,410 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Total deaths due to the virus have reached 12,867. Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 117 were identified during a review of vital records. More than 350,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus.

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Michigan averaged about 3,000 new coronavirus cases a day from Thursday through Saturday, the state health department said.

The state also reported 265 additional deaths from COVID-19, including 211 from days or weeks ago that were confirmed through a records check. Michigan is close to 12,600 deaths since last March.

More than 71,000 people in the state have received a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 500 clinics are scheduled in upcoming weeks, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive.

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Michigan’s rate of new COVID-19 cases has been dropping for more than 29 days, a state scientist reported Wednesday.

“It will be important during this holiday season, as well, and New Year’s Eve, to ensure we’re maintaining that social distancing. That will be very important,” said Sarah Lyon-Callo, head of the epidemiology bureau.

“We’re going to be watching these data throughout the holiday season to determine if we’re going to see any sort of case resurgence,” Lyon-Callo said.

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Hospital leaders warned Thursday that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to top the spring peak of about 4,000 by late this month.

“It’s an accelerating trend. It’s very serious,” said John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health, the state’s largest system. Inpatients with COVID-19 have tripled in less than a month at Beaumont’s eight Detroit-area hospitals, he said.

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Michigan on Tuesday posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500, and reported 59 deaths within the previous 24 hours — its deadliest day in six months.

COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. Asked if she might again order people to stay home, the Democratic governor said she was talking with the state health department about potential next steps.

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Michigan on Saturday reported more than 3,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the highest yet during the pandemic — amid what a top health official called “alarming increases” in infections around the state.

The 3,338 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services surpassed the state’s previous single-day record of 2,030 new cases set on Oct. 15. That earlier record had topped the previous record of 1,953 from early April.

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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.

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Michigan’s chief health officer warned Tuesday that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week, the health department said.

About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%. It was under 3% in June.

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Michigan on Friday crossed the threshold of 100,000 cases of the coronavirus confirmed since March.

Deaths related to COVID-19 reached 6,446 after six more were recorded, the state health department said.

Most people usually recover from the virus. It can cause mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and lead to death.

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Michigan on Thursday reported more than 1,100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in one day in nearly three months.

The state health department also recorded 16 deaths, including nine that occurred days or weeks earlier following a review of death certificates.

The 1,121 daily cases of coronavirus were the most since May 14 except for July 26, when a spike was attributed to cases that should have been reflected in the previous day’s count.

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