Michigan reports more than 49.5K COVID-19 cases, 4,787 deaths

State says increase due to backlogged data

By: - May 14, 2020 3:26 pm


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 49,582 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,787 have died from the virus. State officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher.

This is an additional 1,191 cases and 73 deaths since Wednesday. The DHHS says that this significant jump in cases can be attributed to backlogged results just now being received by the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, as well as increased testing at correctional facilities run by the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC).

The state also notes that 35 of Thursday’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. 

COVID-19 has 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 10,164 total cases Monday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 18,770 with 2,183 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (7,952), Macomb County (6,232), Kent County (2,627), Genesee County (1,813) and Washtenaw with 1,231 cases.

Twenty-two 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 10% fatality rate among its statewide confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, 22,686 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

There also have been 2,171 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from MDOC facilities, including some in the U.P., and 56 deaths.

The state now reports that Michigan’s two Federal Correctional Institutes (FCIs) have a combined total of 115 cases. Data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says that the Milan facility alone has at least 9 prisoners with COVID-19 and three deaths, while the privately owned North Lake facility in Baldwin has at least 11 prisoner cases. Both case numbers are thought to be higher due to the BOP’s lack of public 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 almost 4.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 299,000 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.3 million confirmed cases and 84,575 deaths.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. 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. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).