Michigan reports 695 new COVID-19 cases Friday

    City of Detroit sets up COVID-19 15-minute testing machines | City of Detroit photo

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 115,387 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,638 have died from the virus — an additional 695 cases and six deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 12,113 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 316 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 127,500 statewide cases and 6,954 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.8%.

    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 30.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 948,058 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.6 million confirmed cases and 198,114 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.