The University of Michigan Quad, Sept. 20, 2020 | Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 946,698 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,257 have died from the virus — an additional 5,020 cases and 27 deaths since Friday.
The new numbers combine Friday, Saturday and Sundays recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,673 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The deaths announced include six deaths identified during a vital records review. The DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.
DHHS also reports that an additional 113,645 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,291 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.
Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 1,060,343 statewide cases and 21,547 deaths.
As many schools have begun 2021-22 classes, the state is reporting school and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks. As of Monday, seven high schools, three elementary schools and two universities — University of Michigan and Northern Michigan University — are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.
The largest outbreak in a K-12 school is at Howell High School in Livingston County with 14 cases between staff and students. The school does not have a mask mandate, according to its website.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.1%.
As of Friday, the state reports that 882,059 people have recovered from COVID-19.
The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.
Johns Hopkins University reports that there are about 217 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 39 million confirmed cases and 68,176 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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