State reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths since Tuesday

    A mural in Detroit that features city first responders who died of COVID-19. Detroit Fire Capt. Franklin Williams is illustrated prominently. | Ken Coleman photo

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 891,314 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,439 have died from the virus — an additional 257 cases and seven deaths since Tuesday.

    The department also reports that an additional 104,751 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,228 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

    Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 996,065 statewide cases and 20,667 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%.

    As of Friday, 837,864 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, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 174.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.7 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 33.4 million confirmed cases and 598,503 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.