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Michigan COVID-19 case count soars to 334 as state includes results from additional labs

The state total is 334 as of midday Thursday, which is triple the count from just a day prior.
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A nurse holds a test tube for testing people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan's cases of COVID-19 increased from 110 on Wednesday to 334 on Thursday. State officials say data from additional labs are the reason for the jump. 

Hospital, university and private labs are now testing for COVID-19 to assist the state lab, which can only process up to 115 tests a day currently. On Thursday, state officials consolidated state lab results with those from commercial, hospital and university labs and determined there are a total of 334 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide.

There were a total of 140 new positive cases from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on March, 18. However, the state recorded an additional 114 previously confirmed cases from outside labs and added those into its total count on Thursday, which is why the state website reflects a daily total of 254 cases.

Here is where those 254 cases are:

  • Clinton - 1
  • Eaton - 2
  • Ingham - 4
  • Kent - 2
  • Livingston - 1
  • Macomb - 45
  • Midland - 1
  • Monroe - 1
  • Oakland - 82
  • St. Clair - 2
  • Washtenaw - 7
  • Wayne - 96
  • Not Reported - 10

The 10 not reported cases came from outside labs, and MDHHS is now working to determine what county the patients are in. 

MDHHS is currently receiving reports from commercial labs LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics and several clinical labs including Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, the Beaumont Hospital Network, Henry Ford Health System and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories (BOL). 

Here is a breakdown of how many positive results each lab has produced so far:

MDHHS BOL: 131
Hospital/university labs: 203
Commercial labs: 2

With these additional results factored into the state's count, MDHHS says it will now be able to provide cumulative daily totals. Daily totals will be posted at 2 p.m. the following day on the state's website.

Editor's note: The state originally reported a daily total of 256 and a cumulative total of 334, however, two cases were later removed therefore decreasing the totals. 

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