by: WOODTV.com staff
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — MDHHS officials said the state has recorded 19 more deaths linked to coronavirus and on Wednesday confirmed 715 additional cases, the latest state data shows.
Of the 19 deaths, 14 were discovered in a check of death certificates to find anything that weren’t previously reported to the state.
Michigan now has 6,191total deaths due to COVID-19. There have been 80,887 confirmed cases since the virus was first detected in the state in March.
Officials noted hospitalization rates were steady, with 438 inpatients as of Thursday. Michigan hospitals have enough intensive care beds and are well-stocked with ventilators.
Locally, Kent County confirmed 44 additional cases, bringing its total to 6,376 since the outbreak began. The number of deaths stood at 151.
Data indicated the percentage of positive tests for the day was 3.77%. Public health officials would like to see that rate pushed consistently below 3%, where it was for much of June, saying that would show community spread is under control.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday night tightened restrictions in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, ordering bars to stop indoor service — a move made in the lower part of the state earlier this month — and limiting indoor gatherings to 10.Citing a “resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state,”
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