Michigan reports 3,514 new COVID-19 cases, 115 deaths

    Detroit vaccination site | Ken Coleman photo

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 858,050 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 18,054 have died from the virus — an additional 3,514 cases and 115 deaths since Wednesday.

    The deaths announced include 92 deaths that were identified during a vital records review, which is conducted three times per week.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 97,962 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,169 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

    Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 956,012 statewide cases and 19,223 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.1%. As of last Friday, 660,124 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 155.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 32.5 million confirmed cases and 579,653 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.