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State COVID-19 report: 523 new cases, 6 deaths

By: - July 22, 2020 2:45 pm

Detroit COVID-19 testing site | City of Detroit photo

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 75,248 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and  have 6,141 died from the virus — an additional 523 cases and six deaths since Tuesday.

DHHS also notes that an additional 8,482 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 83,730 statewide cases and 6,388 deaths.

In related news, the Michigan National Guard announced Tuesday that it will continue its partnership with DHHS, Michigan State Police and local health departments to offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing this week in Delta, Iron, Mackinac, Luce, Menominee and Dickinson counties in the Upper Peninsula on Friday and Saturday. 

“Through our partnership with Michigan’s public health professionals, the Michigan National Guard has conducted over 75,000 tests,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Testing is an important measure to safeguard communities, and we are proud to expand this service across the Upper Peninsula.”

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 15 million confirmed cases worldwide and 618,001 deaths. One-quarter of those are in the United States, where more than 3.9 million confirmed cases and 142,401 deaths have been recorded.

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.

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