Michigan Gov. Whitmer holds COVID-19 news conference

Michigan health Chief Dr. Joneigh Khaldun speaks at a COVID-19 news conference Aug. 13, 2020. (WDIV)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a news conference Friday morning about the state’s COVID-19 response.

On Thursday, the state reported 1,121 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths, including nine deaths from a Vital Records review. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan has now risen to 90,392 as of Thursday, including 6,289 deaths.

Michigan reported 40,441 diagnostic COVID-19 test results on Wednesday, Aug. 12, the largest amount of such COVID-19 test results reported on a single day by the state. The state reports a 3.08 percent positive rate for that day. The percent of positive tests has remained flat since June between 3 and 4 percent while the number of test results reported has increased steadily.

Last week, Michigan health Chief Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo regions were still seeing over 40 cases per million people per day, but that there had been a steady decrease in those regions over the last two or three weeks.

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