The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 152,862 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,129 have died from the virus — an additional 1,873 cases and 43 deaths since Wednesday.
The state also notes that 31 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 17,214 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 335 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 170,076 statewide cases and 7,464 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 4.7%.
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 41.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8.3 million confirmed cases and 222,663 deaths have been recorded.