State reports more than 84K COVID-19 cases


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 84,050 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,219 have died from the virus — an additional 664 cases and seven deaths since Monday. 

    The state notes that five 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 9,125 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 252 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 93,175 statewide cases and 6,471 deaths.

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    Oakland County Health Division, Livingston County Health Department and Genesee County Health Department report a significant increase in cases in the South Lyon and Fenton areas since mid-July among people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. 

    Some of the people who tested positive in these areas reported attending large indoor and outdoor gatherings in July, including graduation parties and prom events.

    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 18.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 695,848 deaths. In the United States, there are 4.7 million confirmed cases and 156,133 deaths.

    A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.

    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.