Michigan surpasses 53K COVID-19 cases, reports 43 new deaths

By: - May 20, 2020 2:47 pm

City of Detroit sets up COVID-19 15-minute testing machines | City of Detroit photo

Michigan now has 5,060 deaths and more than 53,000 cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The state on Wednesday reported 43 new deaths and 659 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 53,009.

Detroit remains the most hard-hit city in the state at 10,499 total cases and 1,280 total related deaths. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, that number stands at 19,432 cases and 2,284 total deaths.

Other counties with high case counts include: Genesee (1,915), Kent (3,036), Macomb (6,392), Oakland (8,117), and Washtenaw (1,261).

COVID-19 has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties.

As of Friday, 28,234 people have recovered from COVID-19, but the fatality rate remains steady 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 more than 4.95 million confirmed cases worldwide and 325,712 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 1.53 million confirmed cases and 92,645 deaths.

A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.

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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.