(WXYZ) — Michigan has passed two grim milestones in the fights against COVID-19, surpassing both 800,000 cases and 17,000 deaths.
There have been 804,724 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 17,031 deaths, the state reported Wednesday.
That's up 5,584 cases and 45 deaths from the last report on Tuesday.
Additionally, there are another 90,721 probable cases of the coronavirus in the state, as well as another 1,099 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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