Michigan reports 862 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday

    Invited guests were allowed to visit the Oakland Together COVID-19 Tribute Walk at Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford Township on March 10, the one year anniversary of the first known case of COVID-19 in Michigan. The trail lighting is operated by Bluewater Technologies, who previously ran Glenore Trails in Commerce Township. (Andrew Roth | Michigan Advance)

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 888,581 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,176 have died from the virus — an additional 862 cases and 13 deaths since Saturday.

    The new numbers combine recorded cases and deaths from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. DHHS does not report new data on Sundays and also skipped Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday. Over those three days, the average number of new confirmed cases has been around 287 new cases per day.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 104,344 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,213 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

    Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 992,925 statewide cases and 20,389 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%.

    As of Friday, 818,165 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    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 170.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 33.2 million confirmed cases and 594,718 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues 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).