The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 223,277 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,724 have died from the virus — an additional 6,473 cases and 84 deaths since Monday.
Tuesday’s report shows the highest daily numbers yet in Michigan, and follows a trend of new daily cases reaching into the thousands as the state continues to experience its worst COVID-19 spike yet.
The state notes that 25 of Tuesday’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 21,975 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 370 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 245,252 statewide cases and 8,094 deaths.
According to the COVID ActNow model, Michigan is now experiencing a “dangerous number of new cases” with 48.6 new cases per 100,000. Many counties now experiencing the highest infection spikes are located in the Upper Peninsula.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 3.5%.
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 51.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 10.1 million confirmed cases and 239,002 deaths have been recorded nationally.