State COVID-19 report: 7,458 new cases, 79 deaths 

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 272,034 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,128 have died from the virus — an additional 7,458 cases and 79 deaths since Monday.

    Tuesday’s report follows a trend of new daily cases reaching into the thousands as the state continues to experience its worst coronavirus spike yet. 

    DHHS also reports that an additional 24,806 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 383 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 296,840 statewide cases and 8,511 deaths.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Sunday a set of wide-ranging restrictions to fight the pandemic.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is at 3%.

    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 55.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 11.2 million confirmed cases and 247,645 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    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.