Michigan reports 722 new COVID-19 cases, state total climbs to 85K

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 85,429 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,247 have died from the virus — an additional 722 cases and 26 deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that 17 of Thursday’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 9,227 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 259 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 94,656 statewide cases and 6,506 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is now at 7.3%.

    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 18.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 710,136 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 4.8 million confirmed cases and 159,433 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.