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Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Sept. 30, 2020

1,054 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday

Michigan COVID-19 data through Sept. 30, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 data through Sept. 30, 2020. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 124,687 as of Wednesday, including 6,762 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update represents 1,054 new cases and 11 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state totals were 123,633 cases and 6,751 deaths.

New COVID-19 cases and deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 30,000 per day, with the positive rate just above 3 percent over the last 10 days. The state reported its highest one-day testing total with more than 41,000 diagnostic tests on Aug. 21.

Hospitalizations are stable and the number of patients in critical care is near its lowest point since tracking, dating back to April.

Michigan has reported 95,051 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 21,800 as of Tuesday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 818 on Tuesday. The state’s fatality rate is 5.5 percent.

VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing data

VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools


Gov. Whitmer extends state of emergency in Michigan until Oct. 27

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended the state’s emergency status until Oct. 27, 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-186 to again extend Michigan’s state of emergency as the pandemic continues to impact the state and its residents.

“We have saved thousands of lives in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among our most vulnerable populations – people of color, seniors, and people with disabilities. Because we took swift action, the health of our families and our economy are faring better than our neighbors in other states,” Whitmer said in a press release. “This emergency will end, and it is a matter of months. But we are not out of the woods yet. Right now, the federal government and all 50 states have been under some form of state of emergency. We must continue doing our part to fight this virus on behalf of our families, frontline workers, and our small businesses.”

Michigan movie theaters, bowling alleys can reopen Oct. 9

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer amended the MI Safe Start order to reopen movie theaters and performance venues.

But the capacity will be nowhere near pre-COVID-19 numbers. Read more here.

Tracking Michigan emergency room visits with COVID-19 symptoms

Proportion of Visits with Coronavirus Symptoms
Proportion of Visits with Coronavirus Symptoms (WDIV)

Here’s a look at visits to Michigan emergency departments with COVID-19 symptoms present, dating back to January 2020.

Coronavirus-like symptoms: This query searches visit free-text (chief complaint, triage notes, and clinical impression) for fever or chills AND cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Data Source: Michigan Syndromic Surveillance System and National Syndromic Surveillance Program, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Division, Surveillance and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section

Note: Recent changes in healthcare seeking behavior, including increasing use of telemedicine and recommendations to limit emergency department (ED) visits to severe illness, as well as changes in ED triage practices and alternative COVID-19 testing sites, are impacting ED visits in Michigan. These changes affect the numbers of people and their reasons for seeking care in the Urgent Care and ED settings.

View the data here.

Whitmer, Cuomo call for federal investigation into Trump’s pandemic response

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a joint statement this week calling for a Congressional oversight investigation into the Trump administration’s pandemic response.

Read the full story here.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Loss of powers may put state back in ‘danger zone’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her use of emergency powers to manage the pandemic is not unique and she worries that efforts to take away her unilateral authority, if successful, could lead coronavirus cases to spike to dangerous levels in Michigan.

The Democrat locked down the state in the spring, when the deadly virus hit and threatened to overwhelm hospitals, but she has since reopened schools and much of the economy — with restrictions on gathering sizes and businesses such as restaurants. Throughout the summer, Michigan has fared better with COVID-19 than many other states after it was initially a hot spot nationally.

Read more here.


Coronavirus headlines:


Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Sept. 1:

  • Sept. 1 -- 718 new cases
  • Sept. 2 -- 524 new cases
  • Sept. 3 -- 685 new cases
  • Sept. 4 -- 982 new cases
  • Sept. 5 -- 838 new cases
  • Sept. 6 -- 578 new cases
  • Sept. 7 -- 578 new cases
  • Sept. 8 -- 441 new cases
  • Sept. 9 -- 783 new cases
  • Sept. 10 -- 924 new cases
  • Sept. 11 -- 1,313 new cases
  • Sept. 12 -- 692 new cases
  • Sept. 13 -- 544 new cases
  • Sept. 14 -- 544 new cases
  • Sept. 15 -- 571 new cases
  • Sept. 16 -- 680 new cases
  • Sept. 17 -- 829 new cases
  • Sept. 18 -- 695 new cases
  • Sept. 19 -- 483 new cases
  • Sept. 20 -- 768 new cases
  • Sept. 21 -- 768 new cases
  • Sept. 22 -- 504 new cases
  • Sept. 23 -- 705 new cases
  • Sept. 24 -- 982 new cases
  • Sept. 25 -- 929 new cases
  • Sept. 26 -- 901 new cases
  • Sept. 27 -- 654 new cases
  • Sept. 28 -- 654 new cases
  • Sept. 29 -- 898 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Sept. 1:

  • Sept. 1 -- 15 new deaths (8 from vital records)
  • Sept. 2 -- 14 new deaths
  • Sept. 3 -- 10 new deaths (9 from vital records)
  • Sept. 4 -- 7 new deaths
  • Sept. 5 -- 8 new deaths
  • Sept. 6 -- 2 new deaths
  • Sept. 7 -- 2 new deaths
  • Sept. 8 -- 1 new death
  • Sept. 9 -- 13 new deaths
  • Sept. 10 -- 17 new deaths (9 from vital records)
  • Sept. 11 -- 9 new deaths
  • Sept. 12 -- 13 deaths, all from vital records
  • Sept. 13 -- 5 new deaths
  • Sept. 14 -- 5 new deaths
  • Sept. 15 -- 11 new deaths (5 from vital records)
  • Sept. 16 -- 11 new deaths
  • Sept. 17 -- 9 new deaths (5 from vital records)
  • Sept. 18 -- 6 new deaths
  • Sept. 19 -- 15 new deaths (12 from vital records)
  • Sept. 20 -- 6 new deaths
  • Sept. 21 -- 6 new deaths
  • Sept. 22 -- 15 new deaths (3 from vital records)
  • Sept. 23 -- 12 new deaths
  • Sept. 24 -- 8 new deaths
  • Sept. 25 -- 8 new deaths
  • Sept. 26 -- 15 new deaths (11 from vital records)
  • Sept. 27 -- 4 new deaths
  • Sept. 28 -- 4 new deaths
  • Sept. 29 -- 20 new deaths (4 from vital records)

Coronavirus resources:


Here is the moving 7-day average of COVID-19 cases in Michigan:


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