Michigan reports 3,271 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rising

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 167,545 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,257 have died from the virus — an additional 3,271 cases and 18 deaths since Tuesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 18,389 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 349 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 185,934 statewide cases and 7,606 deaths.

    What’s more, 38 states, including Michigan, are reporting increases in the number of hospitalized patients compared to two weeks ago, according to a CBS news report

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 4.3%.

    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 44.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8.8 million confirmed cases and 227,177 deaths have been recorded.

    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.