The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 512,751 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 13,094 have died from the virus, which is an additional 4,015 cases and 176 deaths since Wednesday.
The state notes that 138 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 reports that an additional 42,996 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 779 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 555,747 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 13,873 deaths. The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has risen slightly to 2.6%.
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 87.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.9 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 21.5 million confirmed cases and 363,519 deaths have been recorded.