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COVID-19 in Michigan: Confirmed cases reach 144,897 and 7,010 deaths

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Michigan health officials reported 1,791 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, bringing the total to 144,897. (WWMT/John Moore, Getty Images)

Michigan health officials reported 1,791 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, bringing the total to 144,897.

The state reported 23 more deaths from the virus. Of these, 15 were identified during a vital records review. As of Saturday, 7,010 people have died from COVID-19 in Michigan.

State officials said three times a week, the staff at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reviews records that identify COVID-19 as a case of death. They then match the records with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of Saturday, Oct. 17, a total of 109,539 people in Michigan had recovered from the virus. A patient is considered recovered when they are clear of the disease 30 days after initial onset. State health officials report that Michigan labs have completed 4,572,058 tests as of Oct. 17, to check for infection by the virus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the disease.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 15, there have been 8,951 confirmed cases among residents in long-term care facilities in Michigan. There have been 2,196 reported resident deaths in long-term facilities.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides daily updates, about 3 p.m., on the status of COVID-19 cases in the state.