Michigan reports more than 56K COVID-19 cases, 5,372 deaths


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 56,014 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,372 have died from the virus — an additional 406 cases and 38 deaths since Wednesday.

The outbreak has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The state also notes that 17 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.

The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 10,903 total cases and 1,351 deaths Thursday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, those numbers stand at 20,059 cases with 2,410 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (8,281), Macomb County (6,586), Kent County (3,540), Genesee County (1,983), Washtenaw (1,313) and Saginaw with 1,013 cases.

Twenty-five counties beyond that have reported at least 100 cases. Notably, some counties on the west side of the state — like Ottawa and Muskegon — are seeing a faster rise in COVID-19 cases than other counties where outbreaks are starting to level off.

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, 33,168 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 3,604 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from MDOC facilities, including some in the U.P., and 65 deaths.

The state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 142 cases and four deaths — although data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) only shows the Milan facility with five prisoners with COVID-19 and three deaths, while the privately owned North Lake facility in Baldwin reports 19 prisoner cases and no deaths. Numbers from both facilities 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 5.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 357,533 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.7 million confirmed cases and 101,002 deaths.

Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).