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Michigan reports 7,108 new COVID-19 cases, 135 deaths since Monday

By: - October 20, 2021 4:04 pm

Sign at a city of Lansing building, June 1, 2021 | Susan J. Demas

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,097,129 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,744 have died from the virus — an additional 7,108 cases and 135 deaths since Monday.

The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,554 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include 78 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

DHHS also reports that an additional 140,716 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,429 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 1,237,845 statewide cases and 23,173 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2%.

As of Friday, the state reports that 962,955 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 241.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.9 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 45.1 million confirmed cases and 729,885 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

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