State reports more than 79K COVID-19 cases


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 79,176 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,170 have died from the virus — an additional 669 cases and 16 deaths since Monday.

    The state notes that 11 of Tuesday’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 notes that an additional 8,782 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 251 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 87,958 statewide cases and 6,421 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 7.8%.

    The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 16.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 655,300 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 4.3 million confirmed cases and 148,298 deaths have been recorded.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison 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.