Michigan’s coronavirus case total is up by 1,058 to 28,059. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is the state’s chief medical officer and says officials are “very optimistic” that actions taken by the state are working, noting they’re seeing “continued slowing of cases and hospitalizations across Michigan. However, a plateau does not mean we are out of the woods,” Khaldun said. She adds more tests need to be done for COVID-19.
“In recent days, we recognize that the number of tests done in the state has declined, and we are laser-focused on addressing that,” she added, saying Michigan needs to be doing between 10,000 and 20,000 tests a day.
Khaldun also says people will be getting phone calls from health officials if they have tested positive or if they’ve been identified as someone who has been in contact with someone with the illness.
“We won’t ask for anything like bank information or Social Security numbers, but we will ask you about your symptoms and where you’ve been so we can protect you and others.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there were 153 deaths from the virus between Tuesday and Wednesday. The state total is now 1,921 people who have been killed by COVID-19, with the youngest being 20 and the oldest being 107.