Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 867,341 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 18,338 have died from the virus — an additional 1,992 cases and 99 deaths since Monday.
The state notes that 32 deaths added to the overall total on Tuesday come from the 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 100,270 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,175 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 967,611 statewide cases and 19,513 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.1%.
About 3.5 million Michigan residents have now been fully vaccinated, accounting for about 43% of the state’s population 16 and older. In total, the state has administered about 7.4 million vaccines.
As of Friday, 703,746 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.
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 more than 159.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 32.8 million confirmed cases and 582,418 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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