The state Department of Health and Human Services reported that
the new deaths from COVID-19 _ the respiratory disease caused by
the virus _ brought the state's death toll to 1,392. But
Michigan's 111 new deaths were a significant drop from the 205
deaths officials reported Friday in the state's highest daily
toll since the pandemic began.
Michigan had another 1,210 confirmed coronavirus cases,
increasing the statewide total to 23,993, state officials said.
Saturday's new cases were a slight dip from the 1,279 new cases
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
also announced plans Saturday to increase the state's daily
testing by roughly 40%. The governor said 13 new or expanded
COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites would begin operating over
next several days around the state, including in Detroit and
Flint, to provide residents with greater access to testing.
She said a new commercial laboratory in Grand Rapids that can
run upwards of 3,000 tests per day will speed up testing in
conjunction with the expanded drive-thru testing. The governor
said those steps would increase Michigan's average daily number
of COVID-19 tests by about 40% when fully operational.
``Better access to testing and quicker results are critical to
our public health officials who are fighting coronavirus and to
our residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 and need answers,
treatment and peace of mind. More testing will save lives,''
Whitmer said in a news release.
The expanded testing is being made available through a
partnership involving the Michigan Department of Health and
Human Service, the Michigan Primary Care Association, 11 health
centers and NxGen MDX Laboratory. Those being tested must have
The ongoing pandemic has left one Flint-area woman devastated
after the deaths of both her husband and son from COVID-19.
of Grand Blanc lost her 59-year-old husband, Freddie Lee
Brown Jr., and her 20-year-old son, Freddie Lee Brown III,
within days of each other in late March, The Detroit News
The younger Freddie, who was a student at Mott Community College
and Brown's only child, died March 29 _ three days after his
"There's not even a word created to describe my pain. It's
unimaginable,'' said Brown, whose son and husband were laid to
rest Friday. ``In three days, I lost my husband and son to an
ugly plague. I watched my son go from completely well and whole
and happy to being gone in three days."
State health officials reported Saturday that 433 Michigan
residents had recovered from COVID-19 _ a big increase from the
56 recovered patients the agency had reported a week ago.
Henry Ford Health System, which has five hospitals in
southeastern Michigan, reported Saturday it had 648 COVID-19
patients, compared to 743 on Wednesday. It said it has
discharged nearly 1,100 patients in the last 30 days.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate
symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three
weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with
existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness,
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