Michigan reports additional 37 COVID-19 deaths, total now up to 5,553

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Tuesday that 57,731 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,553 have died from the virus — an additional 199 cases and 37 deaths since Monday.

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

The state also notes that 11 of Monday’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 11,068 total cases and 1,380 deaths Tuesday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, those numbers stand at 20,468 cases and 2,475 deaths. 

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (8,412), Macomb County (6,720), Kent County (3,777), Genesee County (2,021), Washtenaw (1,340) and Saginaw with 1,050 cases.

Twenty-five 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, 38,099 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 3,965 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities, including some in the U.P., and 70 deaths.

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 6.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 377,460 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases and 105,644 deaths.

C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She studies environment journalism and film at Michigan State University.