Michigan reports over 72K positive cases of COVID-19


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 72,502 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,108 have died from the virus — an additional 660 cases and seven deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 8,091 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 247 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 80,593 statewide cases and 6,355 deaths.

    Over the past two weeks, every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in all but one region in the state.

    In order to handle the state’s latest spike in cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mandated that facial coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces. 

    Whitmer expands requirements for mask mandate 

    According to a New York Times map, Michigan cities range widely in their likelihood to wear masks. 

    In Ann Arbor, there is a 77% chance that in five random encounters, everyone will be masked. In Grand Rapids, that drops to 69%. In Marquette it’s a 44% chance, in Lansing it’s a 37% chance and in Detroit it’s a 30% chance. 

    The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. Ontonagon County in the western U.P. had been the last county not to report any cases, but now has one case. 

    The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 8.5%.

    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 13.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and 592,806 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 3.6 million confirmed cases and 138,840 deaths have been recorded.

    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.