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Michigan reports 1,379 new COVID cases, 19 deaths

By: - February 5, 2021 3:15 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 566,630 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,797 have died from the virus — an additional 1,379 cases and 19 deaths since Thursday.

DHHS also reports that an additional 52,869 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 952 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 619,499 statewide cases and 15,750 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.6%.

A new variant of COVID-19, known as B117, was first detected in Michigan on Jan. 16. There are now 28 cases of the new COVID-19 variant confirmed across Wayne and Washtenaw County.

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 105.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 26.7 million confirmed cases and 456,900 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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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.