U of M and MSU COVID-19 cases climbing, state nears 1K new cases 

    The MSU COVID-19 dashboard has been updated

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 120,526 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,708 have died from the virus — an additional 929 cases and eight deaths since Thursday.

    DHHS also reports that an additional 12,740 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 319 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 132,337 statewide cases and 7,019 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped again slightly to 5.6%.

    COVID-19 cases tied to Michigan’s two largest public universities are continuing to mount, according to updates from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

    Michigan COVID-19 report: Ingham Co. says 1,250 cases linked to MSU

    Both schools have implemented public tracking and reporting dashboards for COVID-19, much like the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has for the state of Michigan.

    The Ingham County Health Department earlier this week called out MSU’s dashboard for not reporting all cases, as the Advance previously reported.

    MSU’s dashboard now reports that 1,239 total cases connected to the university have been reported by the Ingham County Health Department since July 27. An additional 231 cases were reported last week; this week’s numbers have not yet been updated.

    MSU’s clinical testing numbers alone show an additional 34 weekly cases as of Monday. That’s significantly lower than the week before — but only 301 total tests were performed during the week leading up to Monday, whereas over 1,000 were performed the week before.

    The percentage of positive weekly tests has remained relatively consistent, with only a slight decrease last week of one percentage point.

    COVID-19 outbreaks hit almost 50 Michigan schools, colleges

    U of M’s dashboard reports that 67 cases connected to the university have been detected since Sunday, and 84 new cases have been detected in the last two weeks. Fourteen out of its 16 residence halls now have at least one confirmed case.

    In total, 449 campus cases have been recorded at U of M since March 8 and 19,335 tests have been administered since then.

    On Thursday, an update was posted to the dashboard website warning that “university officials have seen a significant increase in positive cases this week with the majority of the increase the result of students being tested at off-campus facilities.”

    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 32.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 984,906 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 7 million confirmed cases and 203,240 deaths have been recorded.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two cats Rainn and Remy.