Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 98,439; Death toll now at 6,417

More than 72,000 recoveries confirmed

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 98,439 as of Tuesday, including 6,417 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update represents 779 new cases and 20 additional deaths, including six from a Vital Records review. On Monday, the state totals were 97,660 cases and 6,397 deaths.

New cases have plateaued in the last two weeks, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 25,000 per day, with the positive rate between 3 and 4 percent. The state reported its highest one-day testing total with more than 41,000 diagnostic tests on Aug. 21.

Hospitalizations have increased slightly over the last month but remain lower than in April.

Michigan has reported 72,580 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 18,600 on Monday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 639 on Monday.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 5.7 million cases reported across the country. More than 177,000 have died in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 23.6 million people have been confirmed infected and over 814,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.

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