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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 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.


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.

A new Illinois State University report says temperatures in the world's lakes are rising more than in the oceans or the atmosphere - which could worsen problems such as algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive.

The study combined satellite and ground measurements of 235 lakes over the past 25 years. It found their temperature has risen an average of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit (0.34 degrees Celsius) per decade.

That may seem small, but scientists say it's significant for aquatic ecosystems.