State reports 25 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing total to 5,595

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 58,241 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,595 have died from the virus — an additional 206 cases and 25 deaths since Wednesday.

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

The state also notes that 13 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 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.

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As of Friday, 38,099 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 3,987 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 6.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 387,898 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.86 million confirmed cases and 107,685 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.