More than 98K total COVID-19 cases recorded in Michigan

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 98,439 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,417 have died from the virus — an additional 779 cases and 20 deaths since Monday.

    The state notes that six of Tuesday’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 10,198 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 267 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 108,637 statewide cases and 6,684 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen slightly to 6.5%. 

    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 23.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 815,000 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where about 5.8 million confirmed cases and 178,065 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.