Michigan reports 734 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 81,621 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,199 have died from the virus — an additional 734 cases and eight deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 8,953 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 251 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 90,574 statewide cases and 6,450 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen slightly to 7.6%.

    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 17.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 674,038 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 4.4 million confirmed cases and 152,074 deaths have been recorded.

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.