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Michigan tops 565K total COVID cases

By: - February 4, 2021 3:18 pm

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that a total of 565,251 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,778 have died from the virus — an additional 1,358 cases and 74 deaths since Wednesday.

The state notes that 63 of Thursday’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 52,494 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 947 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 617,745 statewide cases and 15,725 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 variant of COVID-19, known as B117, was first detected in Michigan on Jan 16. There are now 28 cases of the new COVID-19 variant confirmed across Wayne and Washtenaw County.

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 104.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 26.6 million confirmed cases and 453,545 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.