Upper Thumb sees 26 additional coronavirus cases Saturday

UPPER THUMB — Both Tuscola and Sanilac counties saw double-digit increases in confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday as the Upper Thumb reported 26 new confirmed cases.

Tuscola County, which has had significant increases multiple days over the past week, showed 11 new confirmed cases in the state report Saturday, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 558 cases. The state reports another 78 probable cases for the county. There were no additional deaths reported, with the toll remaining at 35.

Sanilac County also added 11 new confirmed cases Saturday, bringing its total to 170 since the pandemic began. The death tally remained at six with one additional probable death. Sanilac County also showed six probable cases.

Huron County had the smallest increase with four new confirmed cases Saturday, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 221. There were 43 more probable cases reported in Huron County, and the death toll remained at five Saturday.

Statewide, there were 3,338 new confirmed cases reported, the largest single-day number reported since the pandemic began. That brings the state’s total to 158,026 since the pandemic began. There were 35 deaths reported Saturday, and according to the state, 27 of those were identified during a vital records review.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted Saturday, urging residents to use safety precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Michigan right now,” Whitmer tweeted. “It is vital that we wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and practice social distancing.”

In the U.S., there were 82,929 new cases reported Saturday, bringing the national total to 8,469,976. There were 946 additional deaths across the country Saturday, bringing that total to 223,393.

Despite Michigan’s increase, the state remained 29th of all states and territories in cases reported in the last seven days. Michigan reported 18.6 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days. North Dakota still led that category with 105.5 cases per 100,000 people. Wisconsin ranked fourth as its battle continued, with 62 cases per 100,000 people. Ohio ranked 30th, just behind Michigan, with 18.3 cases per 100,000 people, and Indiana ranked 18th with 30.4 cases per 100,000 people.

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