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Michigan reports nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, largest daily jump yet

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan grew by nearly 1,000 on Saturday — the largest single day jump since the state announced its first case on March 10.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released the latest data at 3 p.m. Saturday, showing 993 new cases and 19 new deaths tied to COVID-19. The state's overall totals now stand at 4,650 cases and 111 deaths.

While the numbers are climbing statewide, they continue to spike particularly in Detroit and surrounding areas in southeast Michigan.The state's largest city now has 1,377 confirmed cases up 302 new cases from Friday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the numbers "are going to get a lot worse" as more people get tested for coronavirus.

"I’m still seeing videos of people gathering in groups," Duggan said Saturday. "It’s so disrespectful to these health workers who are risking their lives along with EMTs and first responders. It’s going to be several weeks. Stay home.”

While Wayne County has about 17% of Michigan's population, it now has about 50% of the state's confirmed coronavirus cases and 41% of the deaths. Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are home to 83% of the state's cases.

Michigan ranked fifth among U.S. states as of early Saturday afternoon for total number of confirmed cases, according to tracking by the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. Michigan was behind only New York, New Jersey, California and Washington.

According to the latest numbers, 57 of Michigan's 83 counties have at least one confirmed case. On Saturday, the state revised its data from Friday to drop Dickinson County off the list of counties with a case but added Osceola County for the first time.

Michigan has now tested at least 15,282 specimen for COVID-19, according to the state's data. But that total doesn't include all of the tests that have been done.

The new numbers from the Michigan Department of Health and Human services came hours after the White House announced that President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state.

She announced on Saturday morning that Michigan received 112,800 N95 masks from the federal government's strategic national stockpile with an additional shipment of 8,000 masks "on the way." The masks are a key piece of personal protective equipment needed for health care providers.

She announced on Saturday morning that Michigan received 112,800 N95 masks from the federal government's strategic national stockpile with an additional shipment of 8,000 masks "on the way." The masks are a key piece of personal protective equipment needed for health care providers.

Appearing on PBS NewsHour Friday night, Whitmer continued to predict that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan will increase in the coming days and she stressed the state's need for more medical supplies.

"We are seeing hospitals that are to capacity already and we are just days into this," Whitmer said. "We are going to continue to see this climb."

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