Updated, 3:39 p.m., 5/28/20
There are now 5,334 people who have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan. There were 5,266 deaths as of Tuesday.
The increase of 68 deaths includes 14 identified from previous vital records.
There are now 55,608 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of Wednesday. There were 55,104 cases on Tuesday. Seventy-nine* of Michigan’s 83 counties have cases.
The rate of new cases and deaths has been on a general decline for several weeks.
The state reports 33,168 have recovered since Friday. The fatality rate is 10%.
As for the racial breakdown, Blacks are 31% of COVID-19 cases and 40% of deaths. Whites are 37% of cases and 51% of deaths. Those who identify as having multiple races are 8% of cases and 2% of deaths. Asians/Pacific Islanders are 2% of cases and 1% of deaths. American Indians or Alaska Natives are less than 1% apiece. And in 17% of cases and 4% of deaths, the person’s race is unknown.
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 5.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 352,000 deaths. In the United States, there are 1.7 million confirmed cases and more than 99,000 deaths.
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.
Correction: The number of counties that have COVID-19 cases is 79 and has been updated.