Michigan reports almost 44K COVID-19 cases, 4,135 deaths

After system malfunction, state says update doesn’t include full data set

By: - May 4, 2020 7:05 pm


After a four-hour delay due to a software malfunction, the state reports that there are now 43,950 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of Monday afternoon, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 196 cases since Sunday.

The state also reports 86 more Michiganders have died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 4,135.

The state reports these counts are representative of data in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System as of 4 p.m. on Monday. However, as the data backlog is still processing from a software issue, it was noted that these numbers are not representative of the full data set since Sunday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) noted in a press release shortly after 3 p.m. that the state’s integration software malfunctioned Sunday evening. The issue has since been resolved, with no information lost, but processing the backlog of test results takes a “significant amount of time.”

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The virus has now reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 9,394 total cases Monday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 17,314 with 1,924 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (7,499), Macomb County (5,736), Genesee County (1,647), Kent County (1,854) and Washtenaw with 1,118 cases.

Twenty 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, 15,659 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

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There also have been 1,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities, including some in the U.P., and 45 deaths.

All prisoners at the MDOC’s six correctional facilities in the U.P. are expected to be tested by the end of Saturday, with help from the Michigan National Guard.

The state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 95 cases. Data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says that the Milan facility alone has at least 15 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 3.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 251,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.1 million confirmed cases and 68,689 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.