Michigan's daily COVID-19 cases peaking higher than April's numbers

Posted at 2:26 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 14:28:11-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan is now at its peak when it comes to daily COVID-19 cases, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during a press conference Wednesday.

She said the peak is higher than what the state saw in April. She urged Michiganders to double down on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.

Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the case rate is 80 percent more than one month ago. The percentage of positive tests is 4.9%, which represents community spread across the state.

Dr. Khaldun said all regions of the state have seen an increase in hospitalizations over the past three weeks.

Deaths are also slowly increasing, she said. A month ago, the state had a seven-day average of nine deaths per day. As of Oct. 18, that number is now 15.

Local health departments are investigating 393 outbreaks across the state. A high number of outbreaks stems from care facilities, educational settings and social gatherings. Additionally, there are 18 new and ongoing outbreaks from religious gatherings.

"We have to remember that this virus is still very active," Dr. Khaldun said. "The more we can all come together and do the right thing, the easier this will be and the more lives that will be saved."

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

Visit our The Rebound Detroit, a place where we are working to help people impacted financially from the coronavirus. We have all the information on everything available to help you through this crisis and how to access it.