Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 970,412 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,506 have died from the virus — an additional 6,095 cases and 59 deaths since Wednesday.
The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,047 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The deaths announced include 44 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.
DHHS also reports that an additional 117,789 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,315 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 1,088,201 statewide cases and 21,821 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.1%.
As of Sept. 3, the state reports that 887,790 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 223.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.6 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 40.6 million confirmed cases and 655,590 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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