The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 164,274 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,239 have died from the virus — an additional 2,367 cases and 28 deaths since Monday.
The state notes eight of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means 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 18,070 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 346 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 182,344 statewide cases and 7,585 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 4.4%.
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 43.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8.7 million confirmed cases and 226,211 deaths have been recorded.