State reports 7,819 new COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths Thursday

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 723,297 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,400 have died from the virus — an additional 7,819 cases and 73 deaths since Wednesday.

    The state notes that 43 of Thursday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 80,734 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,050 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 804,031 statewide cases and 17,450 deaths.

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    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.3%.

    About 3.1 million Michigan residents have now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 37.7% of the state’s population 16 and older. About 23.6% of the population has been completely vaccinated, totaling over 1.9 million Michiganders.

    As of Friday, 577,141 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 133.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.9 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 31 million confirmed cases and 559,638 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.