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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,172,800 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,684 have died from the virus — an additional 6,283 cases and 163 deaths since Monday.
The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,142 new confirmed cases per day.
However, DHHS notes that due to a lab processing delay, this two-day average underestimates the number of new referrals received since Monday. The cause of the issue is currently under investigation, and the department says none of the delayed information has been lost.
The deaths announced Wednesday include 88 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.
DHHS also reports that an additional 153,207 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,506 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 1,319,724 statewide cases and 24,027 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.9%.
As of Friday, the state reports that 1,026,195 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 251.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 5 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 46.7 million confirmed cases and 758,201 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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