Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 533,602 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 13,701 have died from the virus — an additional 2,598 cases and 29 deaths since Thursday.
DHHS also reports that an additional 45,972 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 849 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 579,574 statewide cases and 14,550 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has increased slightly to 2.6%.
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 93.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 23.3 million confirmed cases and 388,800 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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