Michigan reaches more than 41K COVID-19 cases, 3,700 deaths

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses | CDC illustration

There are now 41,379 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Thursday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 980 cases since Wednesday.

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.

The state reported an additional 119 deaths Thursday, bringing the total of Michigan deaths to 3,789. 

That 119 includes 40 that were added after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reviewed testing data and reporting systems, a process it undergoes three times a week.

COVID-19 has reached every county in Michigan, save for five in the Upper Peninsula that haven’t recorded cases. 

Detroit, the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reports 9,057 cases and 1,035 deaths. 

The rest of Wayne County reports 7,672 cases and 747 deaths, bringing the city of Detroit’s and Wayne County’s combined total cases to 16,729.

Two other hard-hit counties, Oakland and Macomb, report 7,267 and 5,513 cases, respectively. Oakland reports 696 deaths and Macomb reports 603.

As of Thursday, Michigan still has the third-most deaths in the United States after New York and New Jersey, according to data tracking from the New York Times, though the state has fallen to No. 7 in overall case numbers. 

State data shows that 8,342 Michiganders have recovered from COVID-19  as of April 24. The fatality rate in Michigan stands at 9%.

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.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are 3,249,022 confirmed cases worldwide and 230,804 deaths. In the United States, there are 1,054,261 confirmed cases and 61,717 deaths.

C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.