State report: 796 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, more than 88K cases overall

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that in total 88,756 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,264 have died from the virus — an additional 796 cases and seven deaths since Monday.

    The state notes that two of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 9,457 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 269 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 98,213 statewide cases and 6,533 deaths. The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is now at 7.1%. 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 20.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 738,063 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 5.1 million confirmed cases and 164,137 deaths have been recorded.

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.