COVID-19 is in all Lower Peninsula counties, Mich. has 2,800 deaths 

By: - April 22, 2020 2:31 pm


Michigan has now had 2,813 people who have now died of COVID-19. That’s 113 new deaths since the 2,700 posted on Tuesday.

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 33,966 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. Every county in the Lower Peninsula has cases.

There were 32,967 cases on Tuesday, an increase of 999 cases. Only five of Michigan’s 83 counties have not reported cases, all in the Upper Peninsula. 

Michigan has dropped to No. 7 in number of cases in the United States, per New York Times tracking. However, the state still has the third-most deaths, behind New York and New Jersey.

The state reports that 3,237 people have recovered as of Friday, but state numbers also show the case fatality rate is 8%.

Detroit, the only city with its own health department, has 8,026 cases and 747 deaths. The rest of Wayne County has 6,535 cases and 572 deaths.

Oakland County has 6,463 cases and 529 deaths. Macomb County has 4,628 cases and 473 deaths.

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 2.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 181,000 deaths. In the United States, there are almost 835,000 confirmed cases and 46,000 deaths.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.