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Over the past week, several states have destroyed records of coronavirus infection, surpassing the peak in the spring, including Michigan, which now ranks sixth nationally in coronavirus cases and fifth in COVID-19-related deaths, according to government data released on Wednesday
Sarah Lyon-Kahlo, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters Wednesday that deaths and deaths in the state continue to grow at an exponential rate.
“We have the 10th highest hospitalization rate as a percentage of total beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and the sixth highest number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit in the country,” Lyon-Kahlo said. during a press conference, Detroit Free Press reports.
State data shows that Michigan has added 47,771 new confirmed cases in the last seven days.
As of Wednesday, 277,806 people had contracted the virus and 8,190 had died.
The latest country-wide report notes that there is likely to be a “significant underestimation of outbreaks” due to the inability to effectively track contacts in some settings. As a result, the update does not provide a complete picture of the outbreaks in Michigan.
“The investigation of cases and the tracking of contacts is overloaded with the influx of new cases and contacts and is at or near the minimums for all time,” the 33-page report said.
Lyon-Callo has called on Michiganders to download a free and anonymous app called MI COVID Alert. The application sends notifications to close contacts who have passed a positive test for the virus. As of Wednesday, she said, more than 280,000 people had signed, and officials said the Spanish and Arabic translations “are coming soon”.
According to the update, coronavirus cases and deaths attributed to the pandemic are increasing in all age groups, races and ethnicities. Outbreaks are on the rise, especially in long-term care facilities, schools and sports, private jobs and restaurants and bars.
Among children, the virus spreads most aggressively among students during the week ending November 13. Of the 144 cases identified in K-12 students, 101 were in high school. In the reported cases, over 900 are nearly 900 students.
Democratic Gov. Whitmer, whose life is in danger because of her response to the pandemic, has called for caution amid the surge.
“Be smart. Be safe,” she tweeted.