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State reports 3,554 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths since Friday 

By: - August 16, 2021 3:23 pm

Susan J. Demas

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 922,687 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,030 have died from the virus — an additional 3,554 cases and 19 deaths since Friday.

The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays each week. The new numbers combine Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The average number of cases over the three days were 1,185. The deaths announced include eight identified during a vital records review. 

DHHS also reports that an additional 109,497 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,273 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 1,028,630 statewide cases and 21,284 deaths.

The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%.

As of Friday, 875,719 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 207.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 36.8 million confirmed cases and 622,041 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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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.

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