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Despite spike, Michigan’s chief doctor ‘cautiously optimistic’ on COVID-19 trend

State reported 1,121 new cases on Thursday, highest since May

Daily cases per million (7-day average) in Midwest. (COVID Tracking Project)
Daily cases per million (7-day average) in Midwest. (COVID Tracking Project) (MDHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – Despite the spike this week in COVID-19 cases, Michigan health officials say cases remain stable and they are “cautiously optimistic” on the state’s trend.

Michigan’s chief medical officer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said despite the spike this week, overall, the state is still seeing a plateau in overall cases.

“We’re cautiously optimistic we’re trending in the right direction,” Dr. Khaldun said.

On Thursday, Michigan reported 1,121 new COVID-19 cases, the highest one-day total since May 14. The state also reported a new record for daily diagnostic tests on May 12, with more than 40,000. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan was 90,392 as of Thursday, including 6,289 deaths.

While COVID-19 cases remain stable in Michigan, despite a one-day spike this week, Dr. Khaldun said a handful of regions are seeing an increase.

Dr. Khaldun said the Detroit Region is seeing 50 cases per million, per day, with a 4.1 percent positive rate, but said populations outside the City of Detroit are driving the growth.

Dr. Khaldun said the City of Detroit is seeing 26 cases per million, per day, while the rest of Wayne County, Monroe County and Oakland County are seeing 40 cases per million, per day.

Macomb County has the highest growth in the region, seeing 82 cases per million, per day, with a 7.4 percent positive test rate.

Dr. Khaldun again urged residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing. She also reminded residents to answer or return phone calls to the health department to assist with contact tracing efforts.

Dr. Khaldun said that if students return to in-person school this fall, they will be wearing a mask. She encouraged superintendents to mandate masks for children of all ages while in school.

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