Michigan reports dip in virus cases but might be fewer tests

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LANSING — Michigan public health officials reported a big drop in the daily number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday but cautioned against drawing wider conclusions as fewer tests are conducted on weekends.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 645 new cases Sunday compared with 1,392 the day before. Public health officials said Sunday’s tally included 95 deaths, compared with 111 deaths on Saturday.

“We cannot say if this represents a true decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths in our state,” read a statement from the department.

There is limited data to compare, but the case count could reflect fewer tests administered on weekends. Previous Sunday counts have shown as much as a 25% reduction from the day before.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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