Michigan surpasses 4.3K COVID-19 deaths, 45K cases

Detroit COVID-19 testing site | City of Detroit photo

There are now 45,646 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.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 4,343 people have now died of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now also reached every county in Michigan, except for four in the Upper Peninsula.

Detroit, the only city in Michigan with its own health department, still reports 9,566 cases and 1,147 deaths. The rest of Wayne County reports 8,101 cases and 865 deaths, bringing Detroit’s and Wayne County’s combined total cases to 17,667.

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There are now six counties that have more than 1,000 cases. 

Macomb County reports 5,876 cases and 678 deaths, Oakland County reports 7,624 cases and 789 deaths, and Washtenaw County reports 1,140 cases and remains at 77 deaths.

Genesee County reports 1,731 cases and 213 deaths, and Kent County reports 2,076 cases and 41 deaths.

As of Thursday, Michigan has the fourth-most deaths in the United States after New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to data tracking from the New York Times, and is still holding steady at No. 7 in overall case numbers.

State data is still showing that 15,659 Michiganders have recovered from COVID-19 as of Friday, and the fatality rate in Michigan stands at 9%.

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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 3.81 million confirmed cases worldwide and 267,233 deaths. In the United States, there are 1.24 million confirmed cases and 74,844 deaths.