State reports 73 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 324,779 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,761 have died from the virus — an additional 4,273 cases and 73 deaths since Tuesday.

    Wednesday’s report follows a trend of new daily cases reaching into the thousands as the state continues to experience its worst COVID-19 spike yet.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 27,654 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 409 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 352,433 statewide cases and 9,170 deaths.

    According to the COVID ActNow model, the United States is now in its third wave of COVID-19. The model has added a fifth indicator of “severe outbreak” above “active or imminent outbreak,” which about half of the country is now categorized as.

    Michigan is experiencing an “active” outbreak with a dangerous ratio of 72.4 new cases per 100,000. Many counties now experiencing the highest infection spikes are located in the Upper Peninsula.

    The ActNow model also indicates that the state’s active cases are rapidly increasing, not enough testing is occurring, hospitals are at risk to a new wave of COVID-19 and contact tracing remains insufficient.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again to 2.7%.

    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 60.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 12.6 million confirmed cases and 261,223 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).