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LANSING – More than 200 new cases of novel coronavirus were identified in Michigan on Saturday, according to the latest release from the state.
That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan to 787. Six people in the state have died from the disease, all in southeast Michigan.
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Four new cases were confirmed in Ingham County and one new case in Clinton County, the state figures show.
As of Saturday, the state and local health departments had identified 16 cases in mid-Michigan. They include two in Eaton County and two in Clinton County and 12 in Ingham County.
The Ingham County Health Department has identified a case involving someone who was diagnosed after leaving the U.S. that is not reflected in the state figures, according to information provided by department spokesperson Amanda Darche.
New cases were confirmed on Saturday in Livingston County, bringing the county’s total up to six.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services releases a new round of coronavirus testing information every day around 2 p.m.
On Thursday, it started including information from private testing labs, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed cases.
COVID-19 causes respiratory illness that can lead to severe symptoms and death. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
To limit the spread of the new disease, officials throughout the world and in Michigan have ordered public spaces like schools, restaurants and offices to close.
Health officials say people should wash their hands, avoid touching their faces and limit contact with other people in order to stay healthy. People who think they are sick should contact their health care providers, especially before visiting a clinic or hospital.
Information about COVID-19 in Michigan is available at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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Contact Carol Thompson at (517) 377-1018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @thompsoncarolk. Reporter Megan Banta contributed to this story.