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MDHHS releases statement regarding COVID-19 cases and counts released on Easter

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 12, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released a statement Sunday afternoon regarding the reported COVID-19 cases and counts.

In the statement, MDHHS warned that the dip in confirmed cases (1,210 to 645) and deaths (111 to 95) from April 11 to April 12 does not represent a true decline of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Michigan.

The MDHHS cited the holiday of Easter being a possible reason as to why less cases and deaths were reported.

"Reported case counts may reflect a reduction in the amount of labroratory testing performed over the weekend and holiday," MDHHS said in the statement. "Single day fluctuations in the number of confirmed cases may not be significant, as a number of external factors can affect data reporting."

The MDHHS also noted in the statement that this data represents the date that the laboratory sent the information, not the date of onset of symptoms for the cases before Sunday.