By: - May 15, 2020 2:50 pm

Image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the disease that flared in Wuhan, China, in late December | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab

Michigan crossed the 50,000 COVID-19 case threshold on Friday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A comparatively small increase of 497 cases have been added to the count since Thursday, for a total of 50,079 cases.

In recent weeks, Michigan has steadily remained in the top 10 states for most COVID-19 cases and the top five in most related deaths, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Michigan has added 38 deaths to its count for a total of 4,825 related deaths.


The Michigan Department of Corrections increased its testing efforts in recent days causing an influx in test results reaching DHHS on Thursday. Currently, there are 2,227 total cases in the department and 56 total related deaths. Only a few cities in the state have more cases.

Detroit remains the most highly impacted city in the state at 10,230 total cases and 1,240 total related deaths. Counties with high case counts include: Genesee (1,835), Kent (2,705), Macomb (6,274), Oakland (7,994), Washtenaw (1,236) and Wayne (8,652).

Testing efforts in the state have increased. On Wednesday, the state reported 23,647 tests performed, the most performed in one day, and resulted in 2,531 positive results.

Daily case counts since early April have seen a downward trend as health officials and Whitmer push to continue social distancing efforts to minimize the impact the pandemic on human life in the state.

John Hopkins University reported on Friday that the global COVID-19 case count is over 4.5 million and total related deaths top 300,000, the U.S. accounting for 86,744 of the total deaths and almost 1.5 million of the total cases.

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Anna Liz Nichols
Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols is a former Michigan Advance intern. She is a Michigan State University graduate who has reported for several publications, including MLive and Michigan State University’s award-winning student paper, the State News, where she covered the many tendrils of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.