Michigan reports 1,237 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 137,702 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,928 have died from the virus — an additional 1,237 cases and 30 deaths since Monday.

    The state notes that 10 of Tuesday’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 15,160 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 327 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 152,862 statewide cases and 7,255 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%.

    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 37.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and 215,476 deaths have been recorded.

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.