State reports 293 new COVID-19 cases, 56 deaths

    Willette Shaw, a 67-year-old African-American Highland Park resident, receives COVID-19 vaccination. | Ken Coleman photo

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 891,057 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,432 have died from the virus — an additional 293 cases and 56 deaths since Monday.

    The deaths include 37 identified during a vital records review. DHHS performs the review three times each week. The department also reports that an additional 104,633 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,226 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 995,759 statewide cases and 20,658 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 173.7 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 598,094 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.