The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 578,091 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15,273 have died from the virus — an additional 888 cases and 85 deaths since Wednesday.
The state notes that 72 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 55,882 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 978 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 633,973 statewide cases and 16,251 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.6%.
As of Friday, 517,991 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. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.
Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 110.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 27.8 million confirmed cases and 491,724 deaths have been recorded nationally.