Michigan surpasses 5K COVID-19 deaths


Michigan now has more than 52,000 cases of COVID-19 and 5,017 deaths as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher.

The state also notes that 43 of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

Detroit remains the most hard-hit city in the state at 10,417 total cases and 1,276 total related deaths. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 19,292 cases and 2,275 total deaths.

Other counties with high case counts include: Genesee (1,891), Kent (2,934), Macomb (6,367), Oakland (8,078), and Washtenaw (1,251).

COVID-19 has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties.

As of Friday, 28,234 people have recovered from COVID-19, but the fatality rate has risen to 10%.

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 more than 4.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 321,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases and 91,197 deaths.