State reports 8,955 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths Friday

    Susan J. Demas

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 779,777 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,771 have died from the virus — an additional 8,955 cases and 40 deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 87,847 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,087 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

    Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 867,624 statewide cases and 17,858 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%.

    About 2.4 million Michigan residents have now been fully vaccinated, accounting for about 30% of the state’s population 16 and older. In total, the state has administered about 5.8 million vaccines.

    As of April 9, 587,283 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. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 139.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 31.6 million confirmed cases and 565,986 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.