Michigan COVID-19 deaths surpass 1K, cases top 21K

By: - April 9, 2020 3:31 pm

Detroit COVID-19 testing site | City of Detroit photo

The state reported an additional 117 deaths from COVID-19 in its daily update, which brings the total number of fatalities in Michigan to 1,076.

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.

There are now 21,504 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, although officials believe the actual number of cases is higher and there have been struggles in obtaining data from providers. 

The number of total cases increased by 1,158, up from 20,346 cases reported Wednesday. That is a slower pace than what was reported Wednesday, with 1,376 new cases. However, the rate of deaths has increased, as there were 114 reported Wednesday. 

Seventy-two of Michigan’s 83 counties have reported COVID-19 cases and 44 have reported deaths.

Detroit, the only city with its own health department, has 6,061 cases and 275 deaths. It’s the fifth day in a row that the number of new positive cases in Detroit has dropped.


The remainder of Wayne County, which is among the state’s hardest-hit areas, counted 4,032 cases and 229 deaths. When added to Detroit’s numbers, the whole of Wayne County has 10,093 cases and 504 deaths. 

Oakland and Macomb counties reported the second and third-most cases in the state after Wayne. Those counties have reported 4,247 and 2,783 cases and 246 and 165 deaths, respectively. 

As of Friday, 56 people have recovered from COVID-19, the state reports — a new metric added to the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) site.

DHHS also is reporting more information from hospitals. As of Thursday, based on information from 89% of hospitals, Michigan has 3,826 COVID-19 inpatients, 1,628 in critical care and 1,434 on ventilators. The state reports 786 have been discharged.


The new state-reported numbers only recently began incorporating data from other commercial and private labs and hospitals around Michigan, which caused an apparent spike in numbers that speaks more to the number of cases just now being publicly reported.

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.

In its latest update, Johns Hopkins University reported that there are more than 1.53 million confirmed cases worldwide and 93,425 deaths. In the United States, there are 451,491 confirmed cases and 15,938 deaths.

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C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.