Michigan sets new record for COVID-19 cases in a day as hospitalizations skyrocket


Michigan reported a new record of COVID-19 cases in a day Nov. 20, 2020. (WWMT/CDC)

For the 10th time since Oct. 24, 2020, Michigan set a new single day high for COVID-19 cases with 9,779 on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The previous single-day high was set a week earlier on Nov. 13 with 8,516 cases.

With 50,436 cases between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, Michigan also broke its record for cases in a seven-day span, an average of 7,205 cases per day.

It continues a trend where the number of new cases per day has increased 797% between Oct. 1 and Nov. 20.

No, the increase in cases isn’t due to an increase in testing.

To reiterate the bolded line right above, no, the increase in cases isn’t due to an increase in testing.

Since Oct. 1, testing in the state jumped from an average of 31,763 per day to 65,928 per day, an increase of about 108%.

As mentioned earlier, over that same period, the number of new cases per day has increased by 797%, meaning the rate of new cases is more than seven times the rate of additional testing.

In the past seven days, 13.45% of diagnostic tests in Michigan came back positive. During most of the summer, the positivity rate hovered around 3%.

As caseloads continue to rise across Michigan, health officials raised concerns about hospital capacity.

As of Nov. 20, 3,872 people in Michigan were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 835 people receiving intensive care. On Oct. 1, 685 Michiganders were hospitalized with the virus.

In Michigan Department of Health And Human Services Regions 5 and 6, which covers a 22-county area in West Michigan, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 601% since Oct 1. with the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs rising by 732%.

State health officials have predicted more than 1,000 people in the state could die from COVID-19 each week by the end of the year if current trends keep up.

While the state isn’t closed yet, as of Nov. 20, the upward trajectory is alarming.

Since Nov. 14, the state has reported at least 326 COVID-19 deaths, an average of 47 per day.

On Oct. 1, an average of 14 people per day died of the virus in Michigan.