By Allison R. Donahue, Michigan Advance
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,368,541 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID and 24,845 have died from the virus — an additional 15,385 cases and 351 deaths since Monday.
The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 7,693 new confirmed cases per day. DHHS publishes COVID-19 data three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The deaths announced include 185 deaths identified during a vital records review. DHHS conducts this review process two times per week.
DHHS also reports that an additional 185,249 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,803 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 1,553,790 statewide cases and 26,648 deaths.
The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 1.8%.
As of Friday, the state reports that 1,126,184 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 about 267.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and 5.3 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as 49.5 million confirmed cases and 792,280 deaths have been recorded nationally.
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