(WWJ) For a seventh day in a row, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Michigan has jumped by more than 200.
There are 236 new cases being reported in the state on Monday, bringing the total to 63,497. That includes 4 additional deaths recorded, for a total of 5,915 deaths statewide throughout the pandemic, according to an update by the Michigan Department of Human Services on Monday,
More than 1,460,500 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Michigan; and, as of today, the health department says the overall fatality rate among confirmed cases is 9.3%.
There are 11,543 confirmed cases in the City of Detroit and 1,439 deaths. The remainder of Wayne County has 10,264 and 1,153 deaths. Oakland County has 8,848 cases and 1,043 deaths, and Macomb County has 7,139 cases and 870 deaths.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says, while the numbers in metro Detroit have tapered off significantly, health officials are keeping a close eye on other areas of the state. This includes Midland County, after people came in from other areas of the state to help during recent flooding. (See map below for cases by county).
In better news, the number of people considered recovered also continues to rise. As of latest count on Saturday, the health department said that stat was at 51,099. This is reported once a week.
Find a complete updated breakdown of COVID-19 states in Michigan AT THIS LINK.
The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.
Gov. Whitmer said last week that she was not moving the the state into the next phase of her economic recovery plan as she'd hope to do so, due to rising case numbers. Casinos, gyms, indoor movie theaters and more would be allowed to reopen in Phase 5.
With concern about crowded bars — including one in East Lansing blamed for a recent outbreak — the governor continues to urge all Michiganders to wear masks when in public and continues to practice social distancing.
Speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 on Monday, Whitmer said she would not rule out another lockdown if the case count continues to grow.
I don't want to predict if that's likely or not, I can just tell you if people drop their guard and we see exponential growth, it increases the possibility that it might be necessary. That's why I'm asking people to please mask up," Whitmer said. "This is a holiday weekend, I know you're going to want to be out and about. Wear that mask. Get a beautiful patriotic one, or make one. Public health is not a political question, it's about being smart and smart people wear masks. And we can do this."