More than 6K have died from COVID-19, Whitmer says state will ‘dial back if we have to’

COVID Act Now, July 6, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 66,627 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,005 have died from the virus — an additional 454 cases and 30 deaths since Monday.

DHHS also notes that an additional 7,273 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 246 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 73,900 statewide cases and 6,251 deaths.

The department has a note of 20 additional deaths included in the data released Tuesday. DHHS staff has been reviewing death certificate data maintained in Vital Records reporting systems. 

Gov. extends COVID-19 state of emergency until July 16

After being just one of three states categorized as “on track to contain COVID” in mid-June, Michigan is now at high-risk of a COVID-19 outbreak risk, according to the data model COVID Act Now.

A large gathering of Michiganders at Diamond Lake over the holiday weekend made national headlines as Michigan’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. 

On CNN Monday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she was “disappointed” by the videos she saw from Diamond Lake.

Whitmer said if cases keep increasing Michigan will “dial back if we have to,” even though it’s “the last thing anybody wants.” 

She added, “I’m not going to be bullied into moving before it’s safe.”

While Michigan’s positive test rate (2.2%) and intensive care unit (ICU) headroom used (14%) remain low — indicating widespread testing and a case rate unlikely to overwhelm hospitals —  the state’s infection rate is at 1.4 and there is insufficient contact tracing to effectively prevent new outbreaks.

An infection rate of 1.4 means that every person carrying the virus is infecting an average of 1.4 other people. 

Michigan again at ‘high risk’ for COVID-19, reports 297 new cases

The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. Ontonagon County in the western U.P. had been the last county not to report any cases, but now has one case.

The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is at 9%.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are nearly 11.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 540,062 deaths. In the United States there are more than 2.9 million confirmed cases and 130,813 deaths have been recorded.

Allison Donahue
Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.