(WWJ) Michigan has once again broken its record for most COVID-19 cases reported in a single day.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday said there are 9,779 new confirmed case in the state.
There are also 53 new deaths, MDHHS said, bringing the totals to 295,177 cases and 8,377 deaths in Michigan since the pandemic began.
Just this month alone, there have been more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan, health officials say.
And in 19 days, the state has had more cases than in the first six months of the pandemic combined.
With the holidays fast approaching. Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, president of the hospital system Spectrum Health, is worried things could get even worse.
"Folks are talking about, you know, a huge Thanksgiving party," Elmouchi said. "And if you go talk to our doctors, nurses and other staff they'll say that just means I am gonna have to work that much harder and see that many more people die."
Leaders at Spectrum Health say the patients showing up at hospitals now are sicker than they have been in previous months. That's leading to a higher demand for ICU beds at hospitals that are already packed with COVID patients.
MDHHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have the same message: Do not travel for Thanksgiving, stay home, and do not host parties for people from outside your own household.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for Michigan offered this dire warning at a news conference Thursday:
"At the rates we are seeing in the state right now, it is very likely that if you are gathering for Thanksgiving, the virus will also be around the table with you," Khaldun said. "Bad decisions made at Thanksgiving will mean people will be mourning the deaths of their loved ones by New Years."
Some more statistics to consider: The state's percent positive rate is now over 13%, up from under 3% during the summer. A total of 138,862 people who were infected in Michigan are now considered recovered. (See more updated stats from the state, and the latest information about outbreaks, here).