Coronavirus cases surpass 70K in Michigan as new cases continue to rise

New cases of COVID-19 have risen 245% in past 30 days in a state that had been containing the virus in June.

New COVID-19 infections are rising swiftly in Michigan. As of Tuesday, a new 584 positive tests pushed the statewide total over the 70,000 mark.

The daily total brings with it another staggering statistic. With a seven day moving average of 526 new cases per day, Michigan’s new case count is 245% higher than it was just one month ago.

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On June 15, state officials were reporting an average of 152 new infections per day. With the state reopening and more people ignoring social distancing and mask orders, coronavirus infections are climbing.

Alongside that increase, hospitalizations for COVID-19 are also on the rise after a two-month decline. State data shows 415 people currently in hospital versus a low of 315 on July 2.

One bright side is that deaths from COVID-19 have remained low, with the state reporting six new deaths Tuesday. Health officials warn that a low death count is not necessarily a good indicator of COVID-19’s effects on the state since they lag other numbers by a few days to weeks.

You can read more at WWMT.

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