Michigan sees 1,500+ new COVID-19 cases since Saturday


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 117,406 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,665 have died from the virus — an additional 1,536 cases and 12 deaths since Saturday.

    DHHS announced earlier this month that it would no longer post new coronavirus cases and deaths on Sundays. The department said weekend data are “often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.”

    DHHS also reports that an additional 12,526 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 316 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 129,662 statewide cases and 6,981 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.7%. DHHS reports that 90,216 people have recovered.

    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 31.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 962,046 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.8 million confirmed cases and 199,660 deaths have been recorded.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.