More than 3K COVID-19 deaths reported in Michigan

By: - April 24, 2020 3:25 pm

COVID-19 | CDC image by Hannah A Bullock, Azaibi Tamin

Michigan has now had 3,085 people die of COVID-19, up from 2,977 on Thursday.

There are 36,641 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of 3 p.m. Friday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. There were 35,291 cases reported on Thursday.

COVID-19 is in every county in the Lower Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is still reporting that five counties in the Upper Peninsula have not recorded cases.

Detroit, the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reports 8,473 cases and 830 deaths.

The rest of Wayne County reports 6,934 cases and 613 deaths, bringing the city of Detroit’s and Wayne County’s combined total cases to 15,407.

Other hard-hit counties include Oakland County, Macomb and Genesee County. Oakland County has reported 6,804 cases and 585 deaths, Macomb County has reported 5,022 cases and 504 deaths.

There are now 19 counties reporting more than 100 cases.

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 2.7 million confirmed cases worldwide and 194,664 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 884,000 confirmed cases and more than 50,000 deaths.

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 and Prevention website.

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Madeline Ciak
Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.