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MDHHS reacts to more than 3,300 COVID-19 cases reported Saturday

That number is the highest daily cases count Michigan has had since the onset of the pandemic.

MICHIGAN, USA — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,338 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday. That number is the highest daily cases count Michigan has had since the onset of the pandemic.

Now, the total number of coronavirus cases reported by the state has reached 158,026.

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan, “said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously."

According to a statement from the MDHHS, more than 96% of test results reported Saturday originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days. They say clusters are continuing to be associated with facilities, programs and schools.

"Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household," Khaldun said. "Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon and Dr. Khaldun will co-chair a COVID-19 virtual roundtable on Monday. Speakers will include national, state and local experts and leaders in public health, health care and higher education.

The program will include short presentations by each speaker followed by questions from the co-chairs. Topics will include COVID-19 trends, the effectiveness of various strategies to slow the spread of the virus, and expert perspectives and experiences.

Media and the public are invited and encouraged to listen in using the link below, however, will not have a chance to ask questions given the roundtable will follow an administrative hearing format.

The roundtable is set for 1 p.m. Follow this link to listen in live through Microsoft Teams.

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