Michigan reports 5,259 cases of COVID-19, 85 deaths

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 15:43:29-04

(WXYZ) — There have been 799,140 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 16,986 deaths, the state reported Tuesday.

That's up 5,259 cases and 85 deaths from the last report on Monday. Thirty-three of the deaths were identified through a review of vital records.

Additionally, there are another 141,281 probable cases of the coronavirus in the state, as well as another 1,474 deaths that are probably connected to COVID-19.

Michigan's coronavirus case rate has been one of the worst in the nation.

According to The New York Times, Michigan has nine of the top 10 metro areas in the country with the greatest number of new COVID-19 cases. Owosso, Jackson, Flint, Detroit, and Bay City are in the top five.

However, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sounded a note of optimism on Sunday, saying that Michigan could be seeing a drop in infections.

She tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” cases could be beginning to slow down. She didn’t discuss specific data.

Health officials said Friday that the seven-day average positivity rate had dropped in recent days to 17.1%, but remained above a December peak of 14.4%.

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