Michigan reports 3,623 new COVID-19 cases Thursday


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 837,514 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 17,576 have died from the virus — an additional 3,623 cases and 109 deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that 78 deaths added to the overall total on Thursday come from the most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that 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 94,516 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,133 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 928,407 statewide cases and 18,600 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 Friday, 626,254 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 149.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.1 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 32.2 million confirmed cases and 574,767 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, 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 spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).