Michigan tops 8K daily COVID-19 cases for first time

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 244,741 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,929 have died from the virus — an additional 8,516 cases and 118 deaths since Thursday.

    Friday’s report again shattered the record for daily cases in Michigan, as the state continues to experience its worst COVID-19 spike yet.

    The state notes that 83 of Friday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 23,621 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 379 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 268,362 statewide cases and 8,308 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. There are 3,186 people hospitalized with coronavirus. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 3.2%.

    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 53.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 10.6 million confirmed cases and 243,044 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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    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.