State COVID-19 report: 262 new cases, 4 deaths

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported on Wednesday a total of 64,132 COVID-19 cases and 5,951 deaths. Data show that Michigan has experienced an increase of 262 reported confirmed cases over Tuesday, and an increase of four deaths.   

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pointed out on Tuesday that the state has experienced a spike in coronavirus cases in younger adults. 

    “As we look to September, we can not let our guard down,” Whitmer said, referring to schools opening. “The virus has not changed.”

    The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    More than 2.6 million cases have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The cases have resulted in more than 127,000 deaths. 

    A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.