State reports 6,311 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 672,259 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,092 have died from the virus — an additional 6,311 cases and 10 deaths since Tuesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 74,092 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,027 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 746,351 statewide cases and 17,119 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.4%.

    About 2.7 million Michigan residents have now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 33.8% of the state’s population 16 and older. About 20.1% of the population has been completely vaccinated, totaling over 1.6 million Michiganders. 

    As of Friday, 560,460 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 128.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.8 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 30.4 million confirmed cases and 551,632 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.