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A stack of 3M brand N95 particulate respirators on July 28, 2020, in San Anselmo, California. According to a new analysis of federal data, N95 and surgical masks are still in short supply in many nursing homes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

By Sabrina Edwards

Michigan has set the record for the amount of COVID-19 cases announced in a single day, Thursday Nov. 5 there were 5,710 cases confirmed. There were also 51 deaths reported.

In total, Michigan has reported 197,806 confirmed cases and currently is reported 20,457 probable cases. The state also reported 7,470 deaths.

Kent, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties all have over 10,000 cases reported. 

“We are really at a tipping point right now when it comes to COVID-19 in the state,” said Michigan’s chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “Our rates are rising exponentially and we have general community spread.”

These cases could be linked back to Halloween weekend gatherings. Medical professionals are “very concerned” about the high rise in cases.

Khaldun said that the hospitalization rate is also rising rapidly, which is another concern. While the rate is still below that of springtime, it is higher than it was during August. 

“At this moment, mask wearing could not be more critical,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a press conference. “We’ve got to get the politics out of this simple act of masking up.”

 

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