Michigan surpasses 76K COVID-19 cases, reports 3 deaths

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Friday that 76,541 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,151 have died from the virus — an additional 594 cases and three deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 8,531 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 249 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 85,072 statewide cases and 6,400 deaths.

    The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 8%.

    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 15.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 635,086 deaths. More than one-fifth of those deaths are in the United States, where more than 4 million confirmed cases and 144,780 deaths have been recorded.

    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 is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.