Michigan health officials reported 1,586 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, Oct. 20, as the seven-day average for cases per day climbed to a new high.
Health experts recommend looking at seven-day moving averages to assess trends throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last seven days, Michigan has averaged 1,670 new cases per day, which surpasses the prior record of 1,626 set April 7 during the peak of the first wave.
The Department of Health and Human Services also reported 22 new deaths on Tuesday, of which one was discovered during a vital records search. The other 21 were reported over the last 24 hours.
Michigan is averaging 18 new deaths per day over the last week. That’s up from 12 deaths per day a week ago.
Since the mid-March, Michigan has tallied 149,392 confirmed cases and 7,053 known deaths linked to COVID-19. State health officials have also reported 16,602 probable cases and 330 probable deaths.
(The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of new confirmed coronavirus cases. You can put your cursor over a bar to see the number. You also can click on the option just below the headline to see the actual number of new cases reported by day.)
Hospitalizations are also on the rise. Michigan health systems reported 1,177 hospitalized adults, plus 14 youth, with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. With 80% of hospitals reporting, there were 106 coronavirus patients on ventilators and 283 in the ICU.
Of the 50,697 diagnostic tests processed in Michigan on Monday, 2,454 — or about 4.8% — came back positive for COVID-19. It was the first time below 5% over the last four days.
(The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of deaths involving confirmed coronavirus cases. You can put your cursor over a bar to see the number. You also can click on the option just below the headline to see the actual number of new deaths reported by day.)
Ten of Michigan’s 83 counties reported no new cases on Tuesday.
Wayne County had the most new cases with 193, followed by Oakland with 189, Kent with 147, and Macomb with 127. Washtenaw County added 79 new cases, while Kalamazoo had 77, Genesee had 72, Ottawa had 59, Marquette had 44 and Dickinson had 43.
Of the new deaths, Genesee, Berrien and Ingham counties led the way with three each. Kent, Kalamazoo, Dickinson, Calhoun and Iron counties each had two deaths as well.
Below are online databases that allow readers to look up county-level data for each of the last 20 days.
Cases by day it was reported to the state
First is a chart showing new cases reported to the state each day for the past 20 days. This is based on when a confirmed coronavirus test is reported to the state, which means the patient first became sick days before.
You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases. (Monday numbers cover both Monday and Sunday.)
(In a few instances, a county reported a negative number in daily new cases, following a retroactive reclassification by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In those instances, we subtracted cases from the prior date and put 0 in the reported date.)
The next chart below shows new cases for the past 20 days based on onset of symptoms. In this chart, numbers for the most recent days are incomplete because of the lag time between people getting sick and getting a confirmed coronavirus test result, which can take up to a week or more.
You can call up a chart for any county, and you can put your cursor over a bar to see the date and number of cases.
For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here. To find a testing site near you, check out the state’s online test finder, here, send an email to COVID19@michigan.gov, or call 888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
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