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Nearly 76K cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan

By: - July 23, 2020 3:13 pm

COVID-19 | CDC image by Hannah A Bullock, Azaibi Tamin

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 75,947 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and  have 6,148 died from the virus — an additional 699 cases and seven deaths since Wednesday.

The state notes that six 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 notes that an additional 8,484 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 247 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 84,431 statewide cases and 6,395 deaths.

The virus has now been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen again slightly to 8.1%.

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 15.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 625,852 deaths. More than one-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 4 million confirmed cases and 143,846 deaths have been recorded.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.