(WWJ) Michigan health officials are reporting 1,359 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest single-day spike since back in mid-April.
The big number comes one day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services noted a concerning uptick in cases in the state in recent days.
Today's count brings the total number of recorded cases to 139,061 since the pandemic. MDHHS also reported 13 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,359 in Michigan.
Wednesday's was the highest daily count since April 14 -- at the peak of the pandemic in the state -- when Michigan reported 1,366 cases.
Since October began, Michigan has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 cases every day, causing health officials to worry we are entering a "second wave."
With cooler fall weather and flu season setting in, MDHHS says the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations is also trending upward, prompting a call for residents to increase vigilance and preventative measures.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. on Tuesday asked that all Michiganders take "simple steps" to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm the hospital systems.
“Michiganders did a great job of bringing our cases down after a surge in the spring,” said Khaldun. “Basic things like wearing masks, maintaining a physical distance from others and washing hands worked. Yet as the colder months and flu season have arrived, we now see a concerning jump in our cases – a trend we can reverse if we all take this seriously and follow best practices to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
WWJ's Dr. Deana Lites reports Michigan residents are also urged to get vaccinated against the flu, to prevent hospitals from getting slammed by both flu and COVID patients.
The recent increase in cases, along with people gathering indoors more frequently due to cooler weather, creates a risk of greater community spread, according to MDHHS. To protect against the risk of a devastating surge in cases and its impact on Michiganders, the health department issued additional Emergency Orders to clarify gathering definitions, capacity restrictions, mask requirements and worker protections.
Get more updates stats from the state, plus updates on outbreak and information on where to get tested for free, at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.