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Michigan closing in on 570K COVID cases, 15K deaths

By: - February 8, 2021 3:43 pm

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 569,417 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,905 have died from the virus, which is an additional 1,769 cases and 11 deaths since Saturday.

In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and variance in data.

Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is 884 per day.

DHHS reports that an additional 53,037 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 960 probable deaths. Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 620,685 statewide cases and confirmed deaths with probable deaths brings the total up to 15,854 deaths. The department began tracking probable cases and deaths on April 5.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is 2.6%.

A new variant of COVID-19, known as B117, was first detected in Michigan on Jan 16. There are now 29 cases of the new COVID-19 variant confirmed across Washtenaw, Wayne and Kent counties.

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 106.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.3 million deaths. About one-fifth of those are in the United States, where more than 27 million confirmed cases and 464,215 deaths have been recorded.

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Andrew Roth
Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a regular contributor to the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

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