Michigan reports slight COVID-19 spike with 353 new cases, 19 deaths

    Harper's in East Lansing | Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 62,306 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,887 have died from the virus — an additional 353 cases and 19 deaths since Wednesday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 6,683 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 68,989 statewide cases and 6,133 deaths.

    Michigan is no longer classified under the “on track to contain COVID-19,” according to coronavirus data aggregator Covid Act Now. The state is now categorized under “controlled disease growth,” which means the virus is spreading in a slow, controlled fashion.

    Gov. extends COVID-19 state of emergency until July 16

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week cited the possibility of seeing slightly increasing rates of infection as her reason for extending Michigan’s state of emergency to July 16. 

    In an update, the Ingham County Health Department said that 34 people who were at Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub in East Lansing have now contracted the disease, up from 25 cases reported Wednesday. Those who went to the bar between June 12 through 20 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    As of Thursday, the state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 9.4% — a very slight dip of .2% from last week. 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 9.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 484,155 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 2.3 million confirmed cases and 122,238 deaths.

    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 studies environment journalism and film at Michigan State University.