COVID-19 report: 1,088 new cases, 10 deaths

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 112,612 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,601 have died from the virus — an additional 1,088 cases and 10 deaths since Friday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 11,675 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 320 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 124,287 statewide cases and 6,921 deaths.

    DHHS announced that the following test sites opened this week:

    • Bethel Baptist Church East, 5715 Holcomb Street, Suite 33, Detroit. Hours: Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Christ Temple Church, 412 East Sherman Blvd., Muskegon. Hours: Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays 12 – 7 p.m.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.9%.

    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 29.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 925,749 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.5 million confirmed cases and 194,339 deaths have been recorded.

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.