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Michigan reports 17,980 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, state at ‘severe risk’

By: - November 19, 2021 4:57 pm

COVID Act Now map of risk levels, Nov. 19, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,242,253 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,232 have died from the virus — an additional 17,980 cases and 128 deaths since Wednesday.

The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 8,990 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include 71 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

According to the Covid ActNow tracker, Michigan’s COVID-19 risk level increased Thursday from “very high risk” to “severe risk.” Only New Mexico has the same designation, which is the highest risk the tracker records.

DHHS also reports that an additional 166,166 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,609 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 1,408,419 statewide cases and 24,841 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.9%.

As of Nov. 10, the state reports that 1,048,073 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 256.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and 5.1 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 47.5 million confirmed cases and 769,654 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).