Michigan reports 524 new cases of COVID-19, 14 new deaths; case rate going down

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 14:57:21-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan reported 524 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths, according to numbers announced by MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun on Wednesday afternoon.

That brings the total number of cases to 103,710 and the total number of deaths to 6,509 from COVID-19.

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According to Khaldun, the overall case rate for Michigan is at 59 cases per million people per day, which is down in the past week.

The metro Detroit area still has the highest case rate at 66 cases per million people per day, but is declining.

Khaldun said that 3.1% of the tests are coming back positive, which has decreased over the past week. She has previously said in the past they'd like to get the percent of positive cases below 3%.

The state also announced 12 neighborhood testing sites across Michigan and more than 20 in the state in the coming weeks.

The free testing will be hosted by community partners and includes locations in Albion, Detroit, Ecorse, Flint, Grayling and Roseville.

“Expanding access to testing will help us protect ourselves, our families, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis. That’s why we are working to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure COVID-19 testing is accessible for all Michiganders,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “After looking closely at the data and working with community partners, we believe these sites will provide the greatest access to testing for Michiganders across the state. We appreciate the willingness of these community partners to open their doors for this very important effort.”

Three sites have started testing in Detroit with additional sites coming online this week in Albion, Ecorse, Flint, Graying and Roseville. Additional sites are slated in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Niles, Saginaw and Wayne in coming weeks.

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