4.7K deaths, more than 48.3K cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan

By: - May 13, 2020 2:35 pm

Detroit COVID-19 testing site | City of Detroit photo

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 4,714 people have now died of COVID-19.

There are now 48,391 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher.

COVID-19 has now also reached every county in Michigan, except for four in the Upper Peninsula.

Detroit, the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reports 9,973 cases and 1,218 deaths. The rest of Wayne County reports 8,416 cases and 938 deaths, bringing Detroit’s and Wayne County’s combined total cases to 18,389.

There are now six counties that have more than 1,000 cases. 

Macomb County reports 6,137 cases and 717 deaths, Oakland County reports 7,830 and 874 deaths, and Washtenaw County reports 1,210 cases and 83 deaths. 

Genesee County reports 1,784 cases and 227 deaths, and Kent County reports 2,446 cases and 47 deaths.

As of Wednesday, Michigan has the fourth-most deaths in the United States after New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to data tracking from the New York Times, and is still holding steady at No. 7 in overall case numbers.

State data is showing that 22,686 Michiganders have recovered from COVID-19 as of Friday, and the fatality rate in Michigan stands at 10%.

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 4.31 million confirmed cases worldwide and 294,879 deaths. In the United States, there are 1.38 million confirmed cases and 83,249 deaths.

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C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.