Michigan reports 517 new COVID-19 cases, state total hits 89K


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 89,271 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,273 have died from the virus — an additional 517 cases and nine deaths since Tuesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 9,418 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 266 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 98,689 statewide cases and 6,539 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 7%.

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

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 20.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 744,733 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 5.1 million confirmed cases and 165,328 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.