Michigan coronavirus cases up to 819,320; Death toll now at 17,289

More than 626,000 recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 819,320 as of Saturday, including 17,289 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes a total of 4,698 new cases and 121 additional deaths -- including 91 deaths identified during a review of records, meaning they did not occur between Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the state reported 814,622 total cases and 17,168 deaths.

The state reported a total of 626,254 recoveries from the virus on Saturday.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate just below 13% as of Friday, lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have increased over the last several weeks, now at the highest point of the pandemic.

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Michigan continues to lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 4,978 on Friday -- lower than the previous two weeks. The 7-day death average was 55 on Friday, slightly higher than the last two weeks. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 194,500 on Friday.

Michigan has reported more than 6.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, with 47.3% of residents having received at least one dose.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 31.9 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 571,000 deaths reported from the virus.

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