Michigan reports 829 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 114,692 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,632 have died from the virus — an additional 829 cases and nine deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that five 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 12,030 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 323 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 126,722 statewide cases and 6,955 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is 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 29.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 942,939 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.6 million confirmed cases and 197,397 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.