Michigan reports 5,498 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths

    Invited guests were allowed to visit the Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute Walk at Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford Township on March 10, the one year anniversary of the first known case of COVID-19 in Michigan. The trail lighting is operated by Bluewater Technologies, who previously ran Glenore Trails in Commerce Township. (Andrew Roth | Michigan Advance)

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 683,793 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,161 have died from the virus — an additional 5,498 cases and 20 deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 75,807 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,033 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 759,600 statewide cases and 17,194 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%.

    About 2.85 million Michigan residents have now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 35.2% of the state’s population 16 and older. In total, 4.5 million doses have been administered in the state. All Michigan residents age 16 and older will become eligible on Monday.

    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 129.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 30.5 million confirmed cases and 553,517 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.