Michigan COVID-19 report: Ingham Co. says 1,250 cases linked to MSU

    Michigan State University | Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 118,615 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,692 have died from the virus — an additional 705 cases and 12 deaths since Tuesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 12,644 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 321 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 131,259 statewide cases and 7,013 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 5.6%.

    New information released by the Ingham County Health Department shows that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases related to Michigan State University since Aug. 24 is around 1,250. Michigan State’s COVID-19 dashboard — however — only reports 548 known cases since July 27. 

    Overall, there are currently 3,230 confirmed cases in Ingham County. 

    On Sept. 14, Vail issued a mandatory quarantine for 30 large properties in East Lansing — which included 23 fraternity and sorority houses and seven large rental houses. On Sept. 17, 11 more large houses were added to the list

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    “The current situation deeply concerns me for the MSU and East Lansing communities,” Vail said in a press release announcing the mandatory quarantine. “Beyond that, our inability to contain this extremely high level of transmission will adversely impact other communities, services and businesses in the county. Ingham County has the highest COVID-19 risk in the entire state of Michigan. We are truly in a crisis situation, especially in East Lansing. We must do all we can to contain the outbreak.”

    According to the data released by the Ingham County Health Department, 42% of reported positive COVID-19 cases in Ingham County consist of people between the ages of 20 and 29.

    The ZIP code that is associated with the most reported cases in Ingham County is 48823, which is just off of MSU’s campus. 

    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 31.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 973,014 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.9 million confirmed cases and 201,319 deaths have been recorded.

    Whitmer has proclaimed this week as Michigan Small Business Week. She used the announcement to continue her call for the GOP-led U.S. Senate to pass, and for President Donald Trump to sign the HEROES Act, the $3 trillion stimulus relief package passed by the Democratic-led U.S. House in May.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt small business owners everywhere who have spent their lives building their businesses,” Whitmer said. “While we have been able to secure small business loans for people across Michigan, there is still more work to do to ensure they have the support they need to get through this pandemic.”

    Katie O'Brien Kelley
    Katie O'Brien Kelley is a Michigan State University graduate with degrees in journalism and theatre. She was previously a reporter, editor and podcast coordinator at The State News — Michigan State's award-winning student paper. As a reporter there, she covered the university's administration, including its mishandling of reports against former doctor Larry Nassar's abuse, as well as academics and student experiences. She was also previously an intern at the Lansing City Pulse.
    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.