Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Health Department holds a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Lansing, April 17, 2021 | Laina G. Stebbins
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 896,717 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,832 have died from the virus — an additional 650 cases and 31 deaths since Friday.
The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s, Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 162 new confirmed cases per day, as DHHS now publishes COVID-19 data just twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The state notes that 27 of the deaths announced 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 two times per week.
DHHS also reports that an additional 105,771 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,260 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 4881,002, statewide cases and 21,092 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, 870,140 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 187.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 4 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 33.9 million confirmed cases and 607,618 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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