The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Friday that 58,525 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,615 have died from the virus — an additional 284 cases and 20 deaths since Thursday.
The DHHS also notes that an additional 4,928 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 240 probable deaths. The category was added for the first time Friday. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5.
Probable cases (and deaths), according to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, are defined as either:
- Having clinical disease and an epidemiological link
- Having a presumptive lab result and either clinical disease OR an epidemiological link
- Having a death certificate listing COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, without a positive COVID-19 confirmed lab result
The site notes that identifying probable cases and deaths provides a more complete picture of COVID-19’s impact on Michigan. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 63,169 statewide cases and 5,837 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 6.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 392,321 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases and 108,334 deaths.