Michigan reports more than 61K COVID-19 cases, 5,800 deaths

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Monday that 61,409 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,853 have died from the virus — an additional 179 cases and seven deaths since Sunday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 6,548 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 244 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 67,957 statewide cases and 6,097 deaths.

    As of Monday, the state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 9.5%. The virus has now spread to all but one of Michigan’s 83 counties. Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula has not reported any 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 9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 469,378 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 2.2 million confirmed cases and 120,225 deaths.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.