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Detroit’s number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rises to 2,483 after city accelerates testing

Death toll is 82

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV.
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Detroit rose to 2,483 Wednesday, and the city’s death toll is now 82.

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Health officials said the cases increased by 400 since Tuesday, and nine more deaths were reported Wednesday.

Mayor Mike Duggan credits the increase in numbers to the amount of testing the city has been doing. A drive-thru testing site opened last week at the State Fairgrounds on the west side.

READ: Detroit drive-up coronavirus testing: How to get appointment, who’s eligible, details

According to Duggan, 600 people have been tested Wednesday, and 3,000 people are booked to be tested. He said he hopes to be testing 1,000 people a day when 200,000 swabs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrive.

He expects the confirmed cases to jump as a result of testing.

“This is a function of our very important testing process,” Duggan said during his daily COVID-19 briefing Wednesday.