The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 171,220 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,298 have died from the virus — an additional 3,675 cases and 41 deaths since Wednesday.
Statewide network connectivity issues delayed today’s data pull past its usual 10 a.m. cutoff, according to a note on the state’s coronavirus dashboard. Some cases that would have ordinarily been included in tomorrow’s totals were added to Thursday, which is why Thursday’s case number is higher than previous days of the week.
The state also notes that 22 of Thursday’s additional deaths come from its 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 18,823 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 355 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 190,043 statewide cases and 7,653 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 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 44.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8.9 million confirmed cases and 228,370 deaths have been recorded.