DETROIT — Michigan now has more than 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

That is just fifteen days after surpassing 200,000 cases on Nov. 6.

Michigan first reached over 50,000 confirmed cases on May 15. In the late summer, Michigan reached over 100,000 confirmed cases. Six deaths were reported that Friday, Aug. 28.

Then, on Nov. 6 and shortly after Election Day, Michigan surpassed 200,000 cases. There were 43 deaths reported.

Now, during the second large surge of cases and just fifteen days later, the state reached 300,000 cases.

Michigan reported 101 new deaths from COVID-19 and 7,528 new positive cases for the coronavirus, according to Saturday's update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Fifty-nine of the 101 deaths were found later in a regular records review to see if a COVID-19 infection contributed to one's death.

The state now has 8,478 confirmed deaths and 302,705 confirmed cases since March.

Nationally, Michigan has the sixth highest number of COVID-19 cases, ranking fifth for COVID-19 deaths and tenth for COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to a Nov. 18 from MDHHS.

The state had a positivity rate of 11.30% Friday, reporting that 10,007 out of 88,526 diagnostic test results returned were positive.

Michigan has a fatality rate of 2.8% among known cases.

The state has reported 397 probable COVID-19 deaths and 26, 316 probable cases. The probable cases combined with the confirmed cases make for a cumulative total of 8,875 deaths and 329,021 cases.

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