Advance Notice: Briefs

State posts 1,203 new COVID cases

By: - February 2, 2021 3:26 pm


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 562,510 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 14,405 have died from the virus — an additional 1,203 cases and 63 deaths since Monday.

The state notes that 36 of Tuesday’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 51,403 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 927 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 612,710 statewide cases and 15,536 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 13 cases of the new COVID-19 variant confirmed in Washtenaw County and four in Wayne 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 103.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.2 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 26.3 million confirmed cases and 444,336 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.