Michigan reports 3,168 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 174,388 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,309 have died from the virus — an additional 3,168 cases and 11 deaths since Thursday.

    Friday’s numbers follow a now weeks-long trend of new daily cases reaching into the thousands as the state experiences its worst COVID-19 spike yet.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 19,000 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 356 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 193,388 statewide cases and 7,665 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 4.2%.

    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 45.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 9 million confirmed cases and 229,293 deaths have been recorded.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two cats Rainn and Remy.