COVID-19 in almost every county in Lower Peninsula, 28K cases statewide

By: - April 15, 2020 3:22 pm


COVID-19 is now being reported in every county in Michigan’s lower peninsula, except for Benzie County. 

There are now 28,059 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,058 cases since Tuesday.

The state also reports that 153 more Michiganders have died of the disease since Monday, bringing the total death count to 1,921.

The virus has now spread to 92% of Michigan’s 83 counties. Deaths have been reported in 51 of them.

The city of Detroit alone, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 7,136 total cases Wednesday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 12,544.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include Oakland County with 5,576, Macomb County with 3,792 and Genesee County with 1,084 cases.

Thirteen 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 472 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities, including some in the U.P., and 12 deaths.

Although the state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 36 cases, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says that the Milan facility alone has at least 21 prisoners and 23 staff members with COVID-19. The BOP reports the Grand Rapids facility has one prisoner with COVID-19.

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 2 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 132,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 614,000 confirmed cases and 27,000 deaths.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. 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.