Michigan reports 1,197 new cases Thursday

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 132,039 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,869 have died from the virus — an additional 1,197 cases and 22 deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that 20 of Thursday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 14,454 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 324 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 146,493 statewide cases and 7,193 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.2%.

    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 36.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7.5 million confirmed cases and 212,286 deaths have been recorded.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice. 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 listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two cats Rainn and Remy.