Michigan reports more than 39K COVID-19 cases, 3,500 deaths

By: - April 28, 2020 3:03 pm

City of Detroit sets up COVID-19 15-minute testing machines | City of Detroit photo

There are now 39,262 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,052 cases since Monday.

The state also reports 160 more Michiganders have died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 3,567.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) notes that 40 of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

The virus has now reached all but five of Michigan’s 83 counties. Deaths have been reported in 57 of them.


The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 8,811 total cases Tuesday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 16,173 with 1,682 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (7,012), Macomb County (5,339), Genesee County (1,533), Kent County (1,305) and Washtenaw with 1,033 cases.

Seventeen counties beyond that have reported at least 100 cases.

The ages of people dying from the disease range from 5 to 107, and DHHS reports that Michigan has about a 9% fatality rate among its statewide confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of Friday, 8,342 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.


There also have been 1,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities, including some in the U.P., and 38 deaths.

The state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 82 cases. Data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says that the Milan facility alone has at least 34 prisoners with COVID-19, while the privately-owned North Lake facility in Baldwin has at least nine.

Both numbers are thought to be higher, and the BOP does not publicly release testing data.

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 nearly 3.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 212,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 982,300 confirmed cases and 50,400 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.