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Michigan reports 1,872 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

By: - January 28, 2021 4:01 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 556,109 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,491 have died from the virus — an additional 1,872 cases and 80 deaths since Wednesday.

The state notes that 67 of Thursday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records and testing data. This means that those individuals had already died, but are just now being flagged by the state as official COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS conducts this review process three times per week.

DHHS also reports that an additional 49,996 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 903 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 604,233 statewide cases and 15,314 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%.

As of Friday, 463,106 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

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 101 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.1 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 25.6 million confirmed cases and 431,129 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.