Michigan reports 27K COVID-19 cases, 1,700+ deaths

By: - April 14, 2020 2:45 pm


There are now 27,001 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,366 cases since Monday.

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.

The state also reports that 166 more Michiganders have died of the disease since Monday, bringing the total death count to 1,768.

The virus has now spread to 90% of Michigan’s 83 counties. Deaths have been reported in 51 of them.

Wayne County now ranks sixth in the nation for the highest number of confirmed cases in a U.S. county, and 3rd for the most COVID-related deaths. The city of Detroit alone, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported a staggering 7,004 total cases Monday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 12,209.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include Oakland County with 5,364, Macomb County with 3,620 and Genesee County with 1,030 cases.

Ten more counties beyond that have reported at least 100 cases.


The ages of people dying from the disease range from 20 to 107. As of Friday, 433 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 429 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities, including some in the U.P., and nine deaths.

Although the state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 23 cases, the Federal Bureau of Prisons says that the Milan facility alone has at least 21 prisoners and 15 staff members with COVID-19. 

At Michigan’s other FCI, the private GEO Group-owned North Lake Correctional Institute, four staff members have tested positive for the disease as of Tuesday according to a GEO spokesperson. This would bring the combined number of cases at the state’s two FCIs up to 40, not 23.


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 1.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 123,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 572,000 confirmed cases and 23,000 deaths.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. A lifelong Michigander, 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.