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.