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Michigan report: 9,674 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

By: - April 12, 2021 4:16 pm

TCF Center Detroit, March 9, 2021 | Ken Coleman

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 747,697 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,512 have died from the virus — an additional 9,674 cases and 12 deaths since Saturday.

The announcement comes as the Centers for Disease Control reports that Michigan leads the nation in documented coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days. Michigan has 515.8 cases per 100,000 residents. New York has 513.7. New Jersey is third with 296.

DHHS also reports that an additional 83,260 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,064 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5.

Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 830,957 statewide cases and 17,576 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%. The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 136.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.9 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 31.2 million confirmed cases and 562,341 deaths have been recorded nationally. 


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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.