Nearly 70K Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19

    COVID-19 | NIAID-RML

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 69,722 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,075 have died from the virus — an additional 384 cases and seven deaths since Sunday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 7,476 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 246 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 77,198 statewide cases and 6,321 deaths.

    The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. Ontonagon County in the western U.P. had been the last county not to report any cases, but now has one case. 

    The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen slightly to 8.7%.

    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 nearly 13 million confirmed cases worldwide and 570,397 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 3.3 million confirmed cases and 135,400 deaths have been recorded.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two very special cats.