Michigan reports more than 2K new COVID-19 cases 

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 143,106 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,987 have died from the virus — an additional 2,015 cases and 14 deaths since Thursday.

    Friday’s numbers are part of another upward trend in the state’s reported COVID-19 cases. Until Oct. 7, daily cases had mostly remained below 1,000, aside from a few days in September. But since last Wednesday there has been a continuous surge in cases above 1,000.

    On Thursday, the daily reported cases broke 2,000, but DHHS noted that some of those numbers were from the previous day due to a data slowdown. 

    There is no such disclaimer for Friday’s numbers.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 16,013 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 330 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 159,119 statewide cases and 7,317 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 4.9%.

    As of Monday, there are 81 ongoing outbreaks in schools and colleges, totaling 5,151 cases.

    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 39 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.1 million deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 8 million confirmed cases and 218,137 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.