Michigan reports 660k total COVID-19 cases

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 660,771 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,034 have died from the virus — an additional 8,202 cases and eight deaths since Saturday.

    The new numbers combine both Sunday and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, as DHHS does not report new data on Sundays. Over those two days, the average number of new confirmed cases has been 4,101 new cases per day.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 72,167 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,022 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 732,938 statewide cases and 17,056 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped slightly to 2.4%.

    As of Friday, 569,460 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    Seventy schools across the state have new COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday, according to the state’s weekly school-related outbreak reporting. Those include Lake Superior State University, two sports teams at Lawrence Tech University, 66 K-12 schools and Oakland County’s Holly Academy.

    In addition to the new outbreaks, 204 total Michigan schools — including 176 K-12 schools and 22 colleges — have been experiencing ongoing outbreaks.

    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 127.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.7 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 30.2 million confirmed cases and 549,664 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).