Thursday afternoon, Michigan state officials released an updated number of people in the state who have been confirmed to have COVID-19.

As of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, the cases in the state were at 110, but that number jumped by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday to 336.

Part of the huge increase is the fact that the state has expanded its testing capacity and is now accepting test results from hospitals and private labs.

In a statement, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer, said, “This emphasizes the need to continue to practice social distancing and other community mitigation practices to help slow the spread of this disease.”

It suggested that Michigan residents practice social distancing, keeping six feet of space between themselves and others. The state has also banned gatherings of fifty people or more and has closed all restaurants and bars to dine-in service. Several restaurants around West Michigan are offering takeout and delivery during the shutdown.

If you believe that you have COVID-19, you should contact your doctor and they will direct you on further steps to get tested.

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