Michigan reports 5,177 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 665,948 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,082 have died from the virus — an additional 5,177 cases and 48 deaths since Monday.

    The state notes that 20 of Tuesday’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 73,296 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,026 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 739,244 statewide cases and 17,108 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.4%.

    As of Friday, 569,460 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 127.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.7 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 30.3 million confirmed cases and 550,371 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration 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).