State reports 1,193 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 579,284 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15,296 have died from the virus — an additional 1,193 cases and 23 deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 56,162 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 978 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 635,446 statewide cases and 16,274 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.6%.

    As of Friday, 517,991 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    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 110.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 27.9 million confirmed cases and 495,614 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.