Michigan has 598K total COVID-19 cases


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 598,014 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15,670 have died from the virus — an additional 1,960 cases and four deaths since Saturday.

    The state notes that the new numbers combine both Sunday and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, as DHHS does not report new data on Sundays. Over those two days, the average number of new confirmed cases has been 980 new cases per day.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 60,341 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 992 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 658,355 statewide cases and 16,662 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.6%.

    As of Friday, 549,881 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 117 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 29 million confirmed cases and 525,399 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).