479 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19 As Confirmed Cases Climb Past 12K

WWJ News
April 03, 2020 - 3:04 pm

(WWJ) The COVID-19 curve continues to steepen in our state; with metro Detroit hit hard by a pandemic taking lives worldwide. 

The number of total deaths in Michigan is creeping closer to 500; with well over 12,000 people in the state confirmed infected. 

As of Friday, Michigan had 12,744 cases of the virus, with a total of 479 related deaths statewide. The official count, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, includes 1,953 new cases and 62 additional deaths. 

Looking at metro Detroit: the City of Detroit (counted separately) has 3,550 cases and 117 deaths, while the rest of Wayne County has 2,546 cases and 106 deaths. Oakland County has 2,540 cases and 136 deaths, and Macomb County has 1,560 cases and 65 deaths. 

Negative test results in the state also continue to rise. So far, 28,099 out of 37,992 samples tested by the health department were negative. Note that the state says counts of specimens tested positive will not equal number of people with COVID-19. People may have more than one test or may have had samples tested at an out of state lab.

In Michigan, men and women are about equal when it comes to testing positive for the coronavirus. But numbers show that men are more likely to die from COVID-19. More than 60% of the fatal cases have been men, according to the latest counts. HERE'S A LOOK AT WHY.

As for age, the oldest person to die in Michigan was 107 years old, and the youngest was 20. 

Here are the official age breakdows from the state: 


  •   0 to 19 years 1% cases 0% dead
  •   20 to 29 years 9% cases 1% dead 
  •   30 to 39 years 13% cases 2% dead 
  •   40 to 49 years 17% cases 6% dead 
  •   50 to 59 years 20% cases 12% dead 
  •   60 to 69 years 18% cases 20% dead 
  •   70 to 79 years 13% cases 24% dead 
  •   80+ years 8% cases 35% dead
  •   Unkown <1% cases 0% dead 


  •   Average Age 71.6 years
  •   Median Age 73 years
  •   Age Range  0-107 years

See more statistics, including a daily updated chart showing cases by county, plus race and ethnicty breakdowns at this link

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

With a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order in place statewide, officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.And Under a new Emergency Order issued by the health department, any Michigander who violates social distancing or other another Executive Order in place amid the pandemic may face a $1,000 fine. 

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