State COVID-19 report: 612 new cases, 15 deaths


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 68,295 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,039 have died from the virus — an additional 612 cases and 15 deaths since Wednesday.

    DHHS also notes that an additional 7,380 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 247 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 75,063 statewide cases and 6,271 deaths.

    To address an uptick in coronavirus cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer through an executive order announced on Friday that businesses will be* required to deny service to people who don’t wear masks indoors. Whitmer summed up the policy in her order as: “No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service.”

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 12.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 556,383 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 3 million confirmed cases and 132,934 deaths have been recorded.

    Correction: The story has been updated to include that businesses are required to deny entry to patrons without masks under the E.O.

    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.