LANSING, Mich. — There is a total of 141,091 COVID-19 cases in Michigan and 6,973 deaths, the state reported Thursday.
That's a single-day increase of 2,030 cases, the highest number of daily cases the state has ever announced. Thursday's numbers surpassed the previous high of 1,953 cases on April 3. It's also a single-day increase of 32 deaths.
State officials say some of the record-high number of cases is attributed to a slowdown in the reporting of electronic laboratory results. They say some of the cases could have been included in the total for Wednesday.
The slowdown came in the processing of messages from the COVID-19 testing laboratories to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System. Officials say the issue has been resolved.
On Oct. 14, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.
Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week, the health department said.
The Upper Peninsula is a hot spot. Nick Derusha, a health officer in four U.P. counties, said there’s “pandemic fatigue” among some residents.
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