Michigan reports 6,604 new COVID cases, 62 deaths -- average of 3,302 cases per day

More than 896,000 recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

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DETROIT – Michigan reported 6,604 new cases of COVID-19 and 62 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 3,302 cases over the past two days, the highest since early May,.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 983,109, including 20,597 deaths. These numbers are up from 976,505 cases and 20,535 deaths, as of Monday.

The deaths announced Wednesday include 41 identified during a Vital Records review.

NOTE: The state of Michigan posted that only 44 new deaths had been identified since the last update, but Monday’s report stated 20,535 people had died from COVID, and Wednesday’s report showed that number had risen to 20,597. That suggests there have been 62 new COVID deaths identified.

Testing has increased to around 20,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 9.39% as of Wednesday, slightly lower than the previous week. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.

Cases are rising again in Michigan. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,685 on Wednesday -- a significant jump since the beginning of August. The 7-day death average was 25 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 68,000 on Wednesday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Friday, with 66.6% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 57.9% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 40.9 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 659,900 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 3.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 370 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 224 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 4.6 million 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.

New daily Michigan COVID-19 totals since Aug. 18:

  • Aug. 18 -- 2,690 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Aug. 20 -- 4,197 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Aug. 23 -- 3,920 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Aug. 25 -- 4,326 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Aug. 27 -- 3,958 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Aug. 30 -- 5,020 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Sept. 1 -- 4,494 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Sept. 3 -- 4,448 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Sept. 7 -- 6,313 new cases (case count for four days)
  • Sept. 8 -- 2,364 new cases (case count for one day)
  • Sept. 10 -- 6,095 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Sept. 13 -- 6,093 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Sept. 15 -- 6,604 new cases (case count for two days)

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About the Authors:

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.

Ken Haddad is the digital special projects manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013.