UPDATE: State, Upper Michigan report new records for daily COVID-19 case increases

54 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the U.P. Fourteen of those patients are in the ICU.
Coronavirus in Upper Michigan
Coronavirus in Upper Michigan(WLUC Graphic with MGN Background)
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 3:58 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 5:06 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Michigan has recorded a new record for daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Thursday, Michigan added 2,030 new cases, bringing the state’s total case count to 141,091. This comes as Upper Michigan reached a high case count as well, of 174 new cases.

But, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), part of Thursday’s increase comes from delays in data reporting.

“Due to a slowdown in the reporting of electronic laboratory results, the COVID-19 case count for Oct. 15 contains additional case referrals that could have been included in [Wednesday’s] report.,” the state said in a release.

The bulk of Thursday’s U.P. case increase came in three counties: Marquette, Dickinson and Delta. The latest cases, deaths, and recoveries added are as follows (counties listed alphabetically):

  • Baraga: 3 cases, 1 recovery (-1 death) (MDHHS data removed one death they had in data yesterday)
  • Chippewa: 2 cases, 1 recovery
  • Delta: 23 cases, 1 death, 6 recoveries
  • Dickinson: 22 cases, 14 recoveries
  • Gogebic: 3 case, 2 recoveries
  • Houghton: 12 cases, 1 death, 57 recoveries
  • Iron: 4 cases, 7 recoveries
  • Luce: 5 cases, 1 recovery
  • Mackinac: 4 cases, 4 recoveries
  • Marquette: 77 cases
  • Menominee: 11 cases
  • Ontonagon: 4 case, 1 recovery
  • Schoolcraft: 4 cases, 1 recovery

As of Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:05 p.m. eastern time, there have been a total of 3,835 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula during this outbreak. Of those, at least 1,627 are considered recovered and 63 have resulted in death.

For an ongoing list of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries in Upper Michigan, click here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, out of the 10 U.P. hospitals and health systems reporting, show 54 COVID-19 patients in Upper Michigan as of Thursday, Oct. 15. Fourteen of those patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Aspirus hospitals have eight patients, with two in the ICU. Dickinson County Healthcare System has three patients, and two more in the ICU. OSF. St. Francis Hospital has eight patients, and four in the ICU. UP Health System hospitals have 18 patients and five in the ICU. War Memorial Hospital has three patients and one more in the ICU. This data is available through MDHHS.

Out of the 123,203 diagnostic test results reported to the state from Upper Michigan for the entire coronavirus pandemic, 2.57 percent have come back positive for COVID-19 as of Oct. 15.

Michigan reported 2,030 new cases Thursday. So, the state’s total cases are up to 141,091. Thirty-two new deaths were reported statewide, including 21 from vital records review. In total, 6,973 people in Michigan have died from complications with the virus. Current statewide recoveries, updated Saturday on the state’s website, are at 104,271. The statewide recovery total is updated weekly on Saturdays.

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