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Michigan reports 1,359 additional cases of COVID-19, 13 deaths

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 15:04:29-04

(WXYZ) — There are 139,061 total cases of COVID-19 and 6,941 deaths in Michigan, the state reported Wednesday.

That's up 1,359 cases and 13 deaths from the day before.

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.

“It is very possible this is the beginning of a second wave,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan chief medical executive. “The virus has not changed. It is an opportunist. If people are not wearing masks, if people are gathering, if people are not washing their hands, it will spread.”