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Michigan reports 60 new COVID deaths

By: - February 9, 2021 3:40 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 569,980 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,965 have died from the virus — an additional 563 cases and 60 deaths since Monday.

The state notes that 31 of Tuesday’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 53,751 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 960 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 623,731 statewide cases and 15,925 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, faster spreading variant of COVID-19, known as B117, was first detected in Michigan on Jan 16. There are now 45 cases of the new COVID-19 variant confirmed across 10 counties.

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 106.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 27.1 million confirmed cases and 465,994 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.