See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Michigan reports 256 new coronavirus cases as more testing kits become available

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 3:49 PM

click to enlarge SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Shutterstock

The number of coronavirus cases in Michigan dramatically rose to 336, with 256 new cases reported Thursday.

The significant increase comes as the state and private labs obtain more testing kits.



Wayne County was hit the hardest, with 96 new cases, followed by Oakland County, with 82 new cases. Macomb County had 45 new cases.

Other counties with new cases were Clinton (1), Eaton (2), Genesee (1), Ingham (4), Isabella (1), Kent (2), Livingston (1), Midland (1), Monroe (1), St. Clair (2), and Wasthenaw (7). Ten cases did not have a county listed.

The state's first fatalities came Wednesday, when three people who tested positive for the coronavirus died.

With a testing shortage, the number of cases is likely much higher because most sick people are unable to get tested. So far, the state and private labs have conducted 2,449 tests.

When people are tested, the results now take up to 72 hours.

“We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide testing results from hospitals and other entities outside of our state laboratory,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health in Michigan, says in a news release. “We knew there were additional people in Michigan with COVID-19 that had not yet been tested. This emphasizes the need to continue to practice social distancing and other community mitigation practices to help slow the spread of this disease.”

But Khaldun cautioned Wednesday that until a sufficient number of testing kits become available, “we are not going to be able to understand comprehensively how many people actually have the disease.”

The Trump administration botched the rollout of testing kits and is scrambling to provide states with the supplies they need. In the meantime, Michigan is trying to get additional testing kits from the World Health Organization.

Earlier this week, Henry Ford, Beaumont health systems and other private labs began testing.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit