State reports 718 new COVID-19 cases, will no longer release data on Sundays 

    Department of Health and Human Services | Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 103,186 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,495 have died from the virus — an additional 718 cases and 15 deaths since Monday. Eight of the deaths were identified during a vital records review.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 10,634 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 272 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5.

    After combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases, the total is 113,820 statewide cases and 6,767 deaths. 

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. Wayne County leads the state with 15,831 confirmed cases; Keweenaw County, located in the Upper Peninsula, has the fewest confirmed cases with two. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 6.3%.  

    DHHS announced Tuesday that it will no longer be updating COVID-19 data on Sundays, including new case numbers, deaths and testing.

    “At this time, reporting on Sunday rather than Monday is not critical to our understanding of the virus,” said DHHS Director Robert Gordon. “This change will allow staff who have not had a real day off since February to get some relief and allow the department to prioritize more valuable data reporting, including school outbreak information.”

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    As of Sept. 6, Sunday and Monday data will both be reported on Mondays, including Labor Day.

    The department said weekend data  is “often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.”

    DHHS said the department reviews trends based on the number of reports for each date that individuals experienced the onset of symptoms and not the daily reported cases which represent the day test results were received. 

    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 25.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 852,405 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where 6 million confirmed cases and 184,114 deaths have been recorded.

    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.
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