Michigan reports 1,328 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

Susan J. Demas

Fifteen people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan. 

There are now almost 1,328 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of Monday afternoon, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. 

A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.

This is an increase of almost 300 reported cases since Sunday, which totaled 1,035 positive cases and nine connected deaths.

Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties have the highest number of cases in the state. The city of Detroit alone has a total of 411 positive cases and six deaths. 

The new state-reported numbers only recently began incorporating data from other commercial and private labs and hospitals around Michigan, which caused an apparent spike in numbers that speaks more to the number of cases just now being publicly reported.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

The World Health Organization reports that there are 332,935 confirmed cases worldwide and 14,510 deaths. In the United States, there are 31,573 confirmed cases and 402 deaths.

Whitmer issued a “stay at home” executive order Monday morning, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Under the executive order, all businesses and operations are temporarily suspended, excluding those that “sustain or protect life.” The order also mandates that individuals stay home and all public and private gatherings will be prohibited.

At a press conference Monday, Whitmer said Michigan would be on track to have 70% of residents get COVID-19 — roughly 7 million — without actions like a stay at home order. She said that 1 million would need to be hospitalized under that scenario.