The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 141,091 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,973 have died from the virus — an additional 2,030 cases and 32 deaths since Wednesday.
A data slowdown in the processing of laboratory results to the statewide reporting system started Tuesday, according to a note on the DHHS website. It delayed the entry of some lab results by up to 15 hours. It was resolved yesterday, per the note, but Thursday’s count of cases is higher because it includes cases that would’ve been included in yesterday’s total.
The state also notes that 21 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 15,822 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 329 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 156,913 statewide cases and 7,302 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 4.9%.
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 38.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7.9 million confirmed cases and 217,374 deaths have been recorded.