Michigan reports 2,165 new COVID-19 cases, 148 deaths

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 544,311 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,053 have died from the virus. That’s an additional 2,165 cases and 148 additional deaths since Wednesday.

    The deaths announced Thursday includes 128 deaths identified during a Vital Records review.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 48,071 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 880 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 592,382 statewide cases and 14,933 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate remains at 2.6%. 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 97.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.1 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 24.5 million confirmed cases and 407,653 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.