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State reports 3,920 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths since Friday

By: - August 23, 2021 2:30 pm

Susan J. Demas

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 933,394 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,123 have died from the virus — an additional 3,920 cases and 10 deaths since Friday.

The new numbers combine Friday, Saturday and Sundays recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,273 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deaths announced include five deaths identified during a vital records review. The DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.

DHHS also reports that an additional 111,564 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,282 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 1,044,958 statewide cases and 21,405 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, the state reports that 878,031 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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 212.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4.4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 37.7 million confirmed cases and 628,625 deaths have been recorded nationally.

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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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