Michigan announces 539 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths on Sunday

On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, the state of Michigan announced 539 new cases of COVID-19 and 6 new deaths related to the virus.

According to the state's total count, that brings the total cases since the first confirmed case to 102,017 with 6,473 deaths linked to the virus. You can see recent daily case numbers and death updates below. 

Gov. Whitmer released a statement Friday after Michigan recorded it’s 100,000th confirmed case of COVID-19: 

“Since the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in March, the vast majority of Michiganders have done their part to protect themselves and their loved ones. And because we took some of the most aggressive actions against this virus in the nation, Michigan is faring far better than other states in terms of new cases and deaths, and our economy is moving closer to where it was in March. The same cannot be said for other states that closed down late and reopened early - states like Florida and Texas. Michigan has shown the rest of the country what it means to take aggressive action against COVID-19, but our work is far from over. The COVID-19 pandemic is still a very real threat to our families, our brave frontline workers, and our economy. 

“For nearly six months now, families across Michigan have been losing loved ones - parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and friends. Our frontline workers in hospitals, child care centers, grocery stores, and more have worked grueling hours and put their lives on the line to protect us. We owe it to all of them to continue working around the clock to protect one another. I will continue to do my part, follow the data, and work with medical experts to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19. But I can’t do it alone. All of must do our part. 
“We still need the president, Mitch McConnell, and the U.S. Senate to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package that will help us save lives and get people back on their feet. Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf. 
“This virus demands to be taken seriously. Youth will not protect you from this virus. This virus will not go away when we get tired of it. We must continue to fight back against COVID-19. That means wearing a mask, practicing safe physical distancing, and doing everything in your power to protect you and your loved ones. And as we approach the 2020-2021 flu season, make sure you get your flu vaccine. Stay smart, and stay safe. Michiganders are tough. We will get through this together.” 

In other COVID-19 news in Michigan, last week an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits was approved by the government. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also announced last week $65 million in CARES Act funds was going to some school districts

In a news conference earlier this week on Tuesday, she encouraged Michiganders to get their flu vaccine this fall and help prevent an outbreak of a second communicable disease that - with COVID-19 still very much a concern - could put our state's economy and health care system at greater risk.

Michigan's chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun also spoke at the news conference and gave context to the state of the pandemic in Michigan right now. 


The Detroit region is still seeing the highest cases and currently has 69 cases per million people per day but that rate has been decreasing over the past week.

The Upper Peninsula and Saginaw regions both have about 57 cases per million people per day. While the UP is decreasing over the past week, Saginaw is increasing. 

The Kalamazoo region has 53 cases per million people per day and has been decreasing over the past two weeks.

The Grand Rapids region has 40 cases per million people per day and has seen a decrease over the past two weeks.

The Traverse City Region is at 32 cases per million people per day and has seen an increase over the past two weeks.

The Jackson and Lansing regions have about 25 cases per million people per day and have seen decreases over the past 1-2 weeks.

Information from Gov. Whitmer's 8/25 news conference


Testing continues to look good. Dr. Khaldun last said the 7-day average for testing in Michigan right now is 28,000 tests per day, which means over 2% of Michigan's population is being tested per week, which is the goal.

She said the percent positive overall in Michigan right now is holding steady at 3.3%.

The goal is to get the percent positive below 3%, which would indicate community spread is not happening. 

Information from Gov. Whitmer's 8/25 news conference


Authorities are still urging everyone to answer their phones if you get a call from the health department. Text messages are also now being sent in advance of the incoming call. 

Talking with the health department helps track where others may have been exposed to the virus.

Meanwhile, everyone is also still reminded to keep doing the basics to stay healthy - wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance from other people. 


Friday, August 21 - 374 cases, 10 deaths (cases announced three hours later than normal, is less than expected due to a recent issue with the reporting of electronic lab results)

  • Saturday, Aug. 29 - 799 cases, 21 deaths (7 identified during a vital records review)
  • Friday, August 28 - 741 cases, 6 new deaths; total cases surpassed 100,000
  • Thursday, August 27 - 758 cases, 16 deaths (15 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, August 26 - 761 cases, 7 deaths
  • Tuesday, August 25 - 779 cases, 20 deaths (6 from vital records review) 
  • Monday, August 24 - 868 cases, 4 deaths
  • Sunday, August 23 - 768 cases, 4 deaths
  • Saturday, August 22 - 953 cases, 11 deaths (8 from vital records review)
  • Friday, August 21 - 374 cases, 10 deaths 
  • Thursday, August 20 - 419 cases, 19 deaths (11 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, August 19 - 616 cases and 9 deaths
  • Tuesday, August 18 - 477 cases and 15 deaths (7 from vital records review)
  • Monday, August 17 - 465 cases and one death
  • Sunday, August 16 - 565 cases and six deaths
  • Saturday, August 15 - 1,015 cases and 18 deaths (14 from vital records review)
  • Friday, August 14 - 748 cases and 11 deaths
  • Thursday, August 13 - 1,121 cases and 16 deaths
  • Wednesday, August 12 - 517 cases, nine deaths
  • Tuesday, August 11 - 796 cases, seven deaths (two from vital records review)
  • Monday, August 10 - 557 cases, eight deaths
  • Sunday, August 9 - 514 cases, two deaths (The cumulative death total was been reduced by one today. Two additional deaths were reported today and three cases previously marked as deceased were corrected by local health jurisdictions.)
  • Saturday, August 8 - 698 cases, three deaths
  • Friday, August 7 - 762 cases, 0 deaths 
  • Thursday, August 6 - 722 cases, 26 deaths (17 from vital records review)
  • Wednesday, August 5 - 657 cases, two deaths 
  • Tuesday, August 4 - 664 cases, eight deaths (five identified during a vital records review)
  • Monday, August 3 - 604 cases, six deaths
  • Sunday, August 2 - 426 cases, zero deaths
  • Saturday, August 1 - 735 cases, seven deaths (4 identified during a vital records review)
  • Friday, July 31 - 734 cases, eight deaths 
  • Thursday, July 30 - 715 case, 19 deaths (14 identified during a vital records review)