(WWJ) Michigan on Thursday recorded its highest daily coronavirus case count since the pandemic began.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 15 announced 2,030 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. The previous highest daily count was 1,953 cases on April 3.
MDHHS also added 32 deaths to the state's death toll Thursday, including 21 identified during a Vital Records review,.
The latest daily total brings Michigan's overall total number of confirmed cases to 141,091 since counting began in the spring.
Why such a high number? MDHHS said, due to data slowdown in the processing of laboratory results to the statewide reporting system, today's count of cases includes some that would have been included in yesterday's total, but were not. The issue has since been resolved and the processing of lab results is now operating normally, officials said.
Regardless, health officials remain concerned that daily counts have trended up in October, and more COVID-19 patients are being treated in Michigan hospitals, which could signal a "second wave." Hospitalizations have jumped 80% in recent weeks, MDHHS said on Tuesday.
Some other stats to note: The current COVID-19 fatality rate in Michigan now stands at 4.9%, and 104,271 of those who were confirmed infected in Michigan are now considered officially recovered.
To keep the numbers from spiking this fall and winter, MDHHS urges everyone to "take this seriously," wear masks in public, avoid big crowds and continue other COVID-19 safety and social distancing best practices.
For more in updates states from the state, information on symptoms, where to get tested and more, visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.