Michigan COVID-19 Curve Flattening, As Case Count Tops 46K

WWJ News
May 08, 2020 - 3:59 pm

(WWJ) The key thing to watch is the curve — and it's flattening. 

Releasing the daily COVID-19 case report, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services included an updated graphic showing the progress Michiganders are making in the battle against the coronavirus.

The MDHHS on Friday reported there are 680 new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, and 50 new deaths. That brings the totals to 46,326 cases and 4,393 deaths throughout the pandemic. 

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Graph updated as of May 8. (credit: MDHHS)

Although she notes we're making progress, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to stress that Michiganders must continue social distancing to avoid a second surge. 

"I know that this has been a nerve wracking time, and that we’re eager to get back to our usual lives. I am, too. But, I’ll be frank — this virus doesn’t take our feelings into consideration. We have to stay steady, let the facts and science guide us, and do our part," the governor wrote in a tweet on Friday. 

This comes after Whitmer said Michigan's manufacturing workers will be allowed to return to work on Monday, May 11. She also announced an extension what what she's now calling the "Safer at Home" order to May 28, and details of the six-phase MI Safe Start Plan to slowly re-engage the state's economy.

Looking more closely at the latest numbers, the City of Detroit still remains the state's hardest hit area with 9,648 cases confirmed and 1,154 deaths.

The remainder of Wayne County has 8,176 cases and 874 deaths, and Macomb County has 5,963 cases and 682 deaths. As Oakland County reports 7,664 cases and 805 deaths, officials there say 40% of those deaths have been in nursing homes. 

Health officials, meanwhile, are keeping an eye on a few community on the west side of the state, where numbers have been trending up a bit. (Take a look at more county numbers on the map below).

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Map depicts the number of case by county as of May 8. (credit: MDHHS)

Here's a summary of some more stats from the state:

  • The overall fatality rate among state-confirmed cases is now at 9%
  • The oldest person to die was 107 years old, while the youngest was 5 years old.
  • The average age of those who died is now 75 years old, while the median age is 76.
  • Women make up 53% of the cases and 47% of the deaths. Men total 46% of the cases and 53% of the deaths.
  • 32% of the total cases and 41% of deaths are among Black/African Americans, who make up 12% of Michigan's population.  
  • As of May 2, a total of 15,659 people are being reported as recovered in Michigan. The next update on that stat will come out on Saturday.

See the complete rundown of statistics by county 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. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

State health officials have said COVID-19 testing has more than doubled, and is now open to first responders, health care workers and all essential employees — even those who do not have symptoms. Testing is also available to anyone in Michigan who has even just mild symptoms. FIND A TESTING SITE HERE