Michigan Reports Less Than 500 New COVID-19 Cases As Governor Whitmer Extends "Safer at Home" Order

403 new cases, 29 deaths

WWJ News
May 22, 2020 - 5:33 pm

(WWJ) Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Safer at Home Order until at least June 12, as Michigan reports just over 400 new cases of COVID-19. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 403 new cases of the virus on Friday and 29 deaths.

The Southeastern part of the state was the hardest hit throughout the pandemic with about 63% of the total cases in Oakland, Wayne (Detroit) and Macomb County combined.

However, Detroit reported only 20 new cases today. The rest of Wayne County: 29. Oakland County reported 54 new cases.

Macomb County has not released daily numbers since Wednesday. On that day, they had reported 8 new cases on the County Dashboard. 

This is the 23rd consecutive day with less than 1,000 new cases reported in Michigan, with only one exception. 

The exception was a week ago Thursday, when increased testing in prisons caused the new daily case count to skyrocket to nearly 1,200.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

However, health officials say cases in Mid-Michigan and Western Michigan double "approximately every 10 days." 

Michigan’s total stands at 53,913 cases and 5,158 deaths.

Health officials continue to ramp up testing across the state.

On Wednesday (the last day of recorded data); the state says healthcare workers conducted 17,656 tests across Michigan with a 6.3% positivity rate. The state’s daily percent positivity rate has been consistently below 10% since May 1st. You can see the daily breakdown here. 

The daily death toll is starting to let up, according to the most recent numbers.

“The trends all continue to go in the direction that we would hope for,” Mayor Mike Duggan said during Friday’s press conference.

Duggan reported four more deaths in Detroit from the virus since Thursday.

“We haven’t had more than two or three deaths in almost a week. There was a time we were having 40 or 50 a day,” he said.

Duggan said 20 Detroiters lost their lives to the virus between May 14 and 22; less than half of the 51 deaths between May 7 and 13.

79 people in Detroit  died three weeks ago and 121 died four weeks ago, according to Duggan.

“Everything you are doing in supporting us on social distance is working in a dramatic way,” Duggan said.

He said it is important to social distance if you decide to gather with up to 10 people whom you do not live with.

The Wayne County Dashboard (excluding the City of Detroit) shows 7 new deaths from COVID-19. 54 people died in the county in total this week.

The Oakland County COVID-19 Dashboard shows no deaths for Friday so far. Two people passed away yesterday. 13 Oakland County residents died from the virus in total this week.

The average age of death is 75.3 years old. The median age is 77; meaning half of those who passed away were younger, the others older. The age range of the deceased is 5 to 107 years old. 

Over 85% those who passed away from the virus in Michigan were older than 60. 

COVID age breakdown
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

On a happy note; 28,234 Michiganders are now considered "recovered" from COVID-19 after surviving 30 days after diagnosis. That is an increase of more than 5,000 since last week. The State of Michigan updates recovery numbers every Saturday. 

Governor Whitmer's Stay at Home Order is in effect until at least June 12.

However, she has moved to loosen some more restrictions. Gatherings of 10 people or less were permitted as of Thursday. Non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures will be allowed starting on May 29. Retail businesses and auto dealerships can re-open by appointment only on May 26, to up to 10 people at a time. 

Governor Whitmer said we must continue to remain vigilant as we head into the holiday weekend.

“Be smart. Don’t let your guard down. Wear your mask. Send one family member to pick up burgers at the grocery store,” Whitmer said during Thursday's press conference. “…Enjoy Memorial Day and remember the purpose of Memorial Day…to thank those who served.”

Additional Resources: 

To read the CDC guidelines on protecting yourself and others, click here.

To learn more about symptoms and who the CDC categorizes as most at-risk for complications, click here.

To find a testing site near you, click here.