Michigan up to 5,300+ deaths as U.S. total nears 100K

Coronavirus testing site in Detroit | Ken Coleman
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%.

Michigan COVID-19 cases | DHHS chart

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.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.