Michigan reports additional 715 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths 

    This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses | CDC illustration

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 80,887 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,191 have died from the virus — an additional 715 cases and 19 deaths since Wednesday.  

    The state notes 14 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.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 | Gov. Whitmer office photo

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday cited the state’s rising COVID-19 cases as reason for signing two more executive orders aimed at stopping the spread of the disease. The first, EO 2020-160, limits indoor gatherings to 10 people. The second, EO 2020-161, closes indoor services at bars across the state, including the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City regions. The orders take effect Friday.

    “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy,” Whitmer said in a news release. “By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”   

    DHHS also notes that an additional 8,894 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 252 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 89,781 statewide cases and 6,443 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen slightly to 7.7%.

    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 17.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 668,949 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 4.4 million confirmed cases and 151,496 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.