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Michigan reports 489 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

By: - July 20, 2020 2:42 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 74,152 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,126 have died from the virus — an additional 489 cases and seven deaths since Sunday.

DHHS also notes that an additional 8,243 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 247 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 82,395 statewide cases and 6,373 deaths.

The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 8.3%.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 14.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 608,386 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 3.8 million confirmed cases and 140,787 deaths have been recorded.

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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.