Infographic by Tania Lili
Infographic by Tania Lili

Following a major push to get more Michiganders tested, the number of day-over-day confirmed cases spiked Thursday.

LANSING, MI— A sudden day-over-day rise in confirmed cases Thursday might actually be a good sign that more Michiganders are getting tested for the novel coronavirus. 

The daily reported new cases crossed 1,000 again, rising to 1,325. That’s an uptick of more than 300 cases compared to Wednesday. This likely represents an increase in testing as Michigan recently announced the capacity to test anyone with symptoms and strongly encouraged testing. 

Lab testing data for Thursday is not yet available, but data over the past month shows a steady rise in total lab tests earlier in the week.

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As it did earlier this week, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) was updated with 55 previously unidentified deaths by comparing reported death certificates with known cases of the coronavirus. As such, those deaths are only being reported today, but did not happen between the Wednesday and Thursday updates.

Taken with the new MDSS tally, that brings the total deaths to 2,977, with a total of 35,291 confirmed cases. Michigan’s Case Fatality Rate has again risen to 8.4%. 

Meanwhile, uninfected Michiganders are dealing with the crisis in another way. Over a million workers filed for unemployment in Michigan since the start of the pandemic and as The ‘Gander reports, many faced struggles with the system. 

To help, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the MiMortgage Relief Partnership. The program partners the state with over 200 financial institutions to provide assistance for homeowners. The partnership provides a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments and helps mitigate late fees after that 90-day period. Further, new foreclosures will be halted for 60 days. 

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“No one should have to worry about losing their home during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Whitmer said in a statement. “With the MiMortgage Relief Partnership, Michigan’s credit unions, banks, and lenders have stepped to the plate to help our residents who are suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 by providing a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments.”

According to the daily update from the state, the county-level breakdown is as follows:

  • Alcona: 4  
  • Allegan: 56  
  • Alpena: 47 (1 death)
  • Antrim: 9  
  • Arenac:15 (1 death)  
  • Barry: 28 (1 death)
  • Bay: 102 (2 deaths)
  • Benzie: 4
  • Berrien: 189 (11 deaths)
  • Branch: 44 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 177 (6 deaths)
  • Cass: 23 (2 death
  • Charlevoix: 13 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 14 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 1
  • Clare: 10 (1 death)
  • Clinton: 105 (8 deaths)
  • Crawford: 43 (2 death)
  • Delta: 12 (2 death)
  • Dickinson: 3 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 111 (5 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 1387 (144 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 10 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 8 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 19 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 8 (1 death)
  • Hillsdale: 98 (12 deaths)
  • Houghton 2
  • Huron: 10
  • Ingham: 370 (9 deaths)
  • Ionia: 32 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 22 (3 death)
  • Isabella: 54 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 298 (14 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 229 (11 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 815 (27 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 159 (23 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 8
  • Lenawee: 80
  • Livingston: 312 (11 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 5
  • Macomb: 4862 (493 deaths)
  • Manistee: 12
  • Marquette: 35 (6 deaths)
  • Mason: 5
  • Mecosta: 13 (1 death)
  • Menominee: 2
  • Midland: 51 (3 death)
  • Missaukee: 12 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 255 (10 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 28 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 5
  • Muskegon: 186 (12 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 12
  • Oakland: 6634 (567 deaths)
  • Oceana: 4 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 6
  • Osceola: 8
  • Oscoda: 4 
  • Otsego: 83 (6 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 161 (7 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 6
  • Roscommon: 11
  • Saginaw: 507 (38 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 34 (4 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 3
  • Shiawassee: 125 (6 deaths)
  • St Clair: 284 (16 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 27 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 76 (12 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 35 (2 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 960 (42 deaths)
  • Wayne: 6677 (597 deaths)
  • Wexford: 7 (1 death)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 759 (28 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 66
  • Unknown: 4
  • Out of State: 39)

Total: 35,291 cases, 2,977 deaths

So far 852,253 cases have been confirmed nationally, and 43,587 Americans have died, reports the New York Times. The national daily case count is showing signs of leveling, Yahoo Finance reports, but the financial situation nationwide remains precarious.  While Thursday’s numbers do represent the slowest rise in a month, Thursday was also California’s deadliest day, reports Bloomberg

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A promising antiviral agent in development by Gilead Sciences, remdesivir, announced a major flop in it’s phase one trials, reported the Financial Times. The drug was tested in China and showed significant side-effects. The draft report on the trial was accidentally published by the World Health Organization early and Gilead argued the posted version mischaracterized the study. 

Importantly, Gilead noted, the study was cancelled early due to low enrollment, and therefore no meaningful conclusions can be drawn. Still, Axios reports, a lot of faith had been placed in the drug by the global health community, making the news Thursday a rough update.