Michigan tops 100K COVID-19 cases

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    Updated with comments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 100,699 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,446 have died from the virus — an additional 741 cases and six deaths since Wednesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 10,437 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 266 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 111,136 statewide cases and 6,712 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 6.4%.

    “Since the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in March, the vast majority of Michiganders have done their part to protect themselves and their loved ones. And because we took some of the most aggressive actions against this virus in the nation, Michigan is faring far better than other states in terms of new cases and deaths, and our economy is moving closer to where it was in March,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The same cannot be said for other states that closed down late and reopened early – states like Florida and Texas. Michigan has shown the rest of the country what it means to take aggressive action against COVID-19, but our work is far from over. The COVID-19 pandemic is still a very real threat to our families, our brave frontline workers, and our economy.”

    Whitmer also urged residents to stay vigilant.

    “For nearly six months now, families across Michigan have been losing loved ones – parents, grandparents, siblings, children and friends,” she said. “Our frontline workers in hospitals, child care centers, grocery stores and more have worked grueling hours and put their lives on the line to protect us. We owe it to all of them to continue working around the clock to protect one another. I will continue to do my part, follow the data, and work with medical experts to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19. But I can’t do it alone. All of must do our part.”

    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 24.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 833,239 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where about 5.9 million confirmed cases and 181,186 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.