State reports 680 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 113,863 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,623 have died from the virus — an additional 680 cases and 11 deaths since Tuesday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 11,879 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 320 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 125,742 statewide cases and 6,943 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is 5.8%.

    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 29.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 937,111 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 6.6 million confirmed cases and 196,349 deaths have been recorded.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison 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.