Michigan reports more than 53K COVID-19 cases, 5,129 deaths

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 53,510 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,129 have died from the virus. 

This is an additional 501 cases and 69 deaths since Wednesday.

The state also notes that 31 of Thursday’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. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

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

The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 10,558 total cases Thursday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 19,538 with 2,313 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (8,125), Macomb County (6,420), Kent County (3,145), Genesee County (1,926) and Washtenaw with 1,265 cases.

Twenty-two counties beyond that have reported at least 100 cases.

The ages of people dying from the disease range from 5 to 107, and DHHS reports that Michigan has about a 10% fatality rate among its statewide confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of Friday, 28,234 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 3,257 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from MDOC facilities, including some in the U.P., and 60 deaths.

The state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 125 cases. Data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says that the Milan facility alone has at least three prisoners with COVID-19 and three deaths, while the privately owned North Lake facility in Baldwin has at least 7 prisoner cases. Both case numbers are thought to be higher due to the BOP’s lack of public testing data.

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 5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 329,900 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases and 93,863 deaths.