Michigan reports 924 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 109,519 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,569 have died from the virus — an additional 924 cases and 17 deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that nine 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 11,327 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 325 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 120,846 statewide cases and 6,894 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 6%.

    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 27.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 905,624 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.3 million confirmed cases and 191,444 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.