State reports new 9,779 daily cases, another new record 


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 295,177 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,377 have died from the virus — an additional 9,779 cases and 53 deaths since Thursday.

    Friday’s COVID-19 report again shattered the state’s record for daily cases in Michigan, which previously was 8,516 daily cases on Nov. 13. 

    DHHS also reports that an additional 26,004 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 397 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 321,181 statewide cases and 8,774 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 2.8%.

    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 57.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 1.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 11.8 million confirmed cases and 253,309 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.