State Reports More Than 2,000 Cases Of COVID-19 For Thursday, Reporting Slowdown Partly To Blame

Michigan is reporting more than 2,000 additional cases of COVID-19 around the state for Thursday. The daily number of new positive tests has been rising all week with Thursday’s number at 2,030. The state also reported 32 additional deaths from coronavirus for Thursday. 21 of them were identified through a review of vital records. Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has had a total of 141,091 cases of COVID-19 and 6,973 deaths. Berrien County for Thursday was at a total of 2,002 cumulative cases and 76 deaths. Cass County was at 690 cases and 23 deaths. Van Buren County has had a total of 811 cases and 16 deaths.

The State Emergency Operations Center has released the following:

“Due to a slowdown in the reporting of electronic laboratory results, the COVID-19 case count for Oct. 15 contains additional case referrals that could have been included in yesterday’s report.  

Daily, tens of thousands of tests results are sent to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) electronically. These messages are processed through commercial software designed to act as an integrator that connects health reporting systems.   

The evening of Oct. 14, a slowdown in the processing of messages from COVID-19 testing laboratories to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System was noted. The issue has been resolved. No information was lost due to the slowdown. The processing of confirmed cases is again fully operational  

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.”

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