State closes in on 14K total COVID deaths as U.S. tops 400K

    COVID-19 testing site at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing | Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 540,115 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 13,865 have died from the virus. That’s an additional 1,738 cases and 41 additional deaths since Monday. 

    DHHS also reports that an additional 46,751 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 862 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 585,128 statewide cases and 14,686 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate remains at 2.6%. 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 95.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.1 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 24.2 million confirmed cases and 400,022 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. 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.