Michigan totals more than 42K COVID-19 cases, 3,800 deaths

By: - May 1, 2020 2:38 pm


There are now 42,356 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Friday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 977 cases since Thursday.

The state reported an additional 77 deaths Friday, bringing the total of Michigan deaths to 3,866. 

COVID-19 has reached every county in Michigan, except for four in the Upper Peninsula that haven’t recorded cases. 


Detroit, the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reports 9,162 cases and 1,040 deaths. 

The rest of Wayne County reports 7,808 cases and 762 deaths, bringing the city of Detroit’s and Wayne County’s combined total cases to 16,970.

Two other hard-hit counties, Oakland and Macomb, report 7,423 and 5,623 cases, respectively. Oakland reports 705 deaths and Macomb reports 614.

As of Friday, Michigan still has the third-most deaths in the United States after New York and New Jersey, according to data tracking from the New York Times, though the state has fallen to No. 7 in overall case numbers. 


State data shows that 8,342 Michiganders have recovered from COVID-19  as of April 24. The fatality rate in Michigan stands at 9%.

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 3,305,595 confirmed cases worldwide and 235,861 deaths. In the United States, there are 1,082,411 confirmed cases and 63,457 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.