Michigan reports 374 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:17:07-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 95,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 6,378 deaths, according to new numbers released by the state on Friday.

That's up 374 cases and 10 deaths from the day before. However, the state says today's number of new cases is less than expected due to a recent issue with the reporting of electronic lab results.

According to the state:

A large number of received lab messages were improperly formatted and temporarily blocked some valid results from being processed and entered into the reporting system. This issue is currently being fixed. As the valid results enter the system over the next day or two, there will likely be higher than expected numbers of daily case counts. This lab result backlog should not affect the 7-day rolling average or the cases by date of onset in the dashboard data.

As of Aug. 14, a cumulative total of 67,778 have recovered from the virus in the state.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the Detroit region still has the highest case rate at 61 cases per million people per day. She noted that the case rate is largely driven by counties outside Detroit.

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