More Than 1,000 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19; 21,500 People Infected

WWJ News
April 09, 2020 - 3:17 pm

(WWJ) For a fourth straight day, Michigan is reporting more than 100 more deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

New numbers reported Thursday afternoon show Michigan has 21,504 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 1,076 related deaths statewide. The official count from the health department includes 1,158 new cases and 117 additional deaths since the last report on Wednesday.

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Map depicts number of cases as of April 9, 2020. (credit: MDHHS)
Focusing on metro Detroit: The City of Detroit (counted separately) now has 6,061 cases and 275 deaths, while the rest of Wayne County has 4,032 cases and 229 deaths. Oakland County has 4,247 cases and 246 deaths, and Macomb County has 2,783 cases and 185 deaths. (See more case counts by county on the map at left).

There has been no change yet in the age range in Michigan as far as fatalities. The oldest person to die was 107 years old and the youngest was 20.

Something new in the numbers: Cases of people confirmed to be recovered.

The health department says, as of April 3, a total of 56 people who tested positive in the state have officially recovered. The "recovered" figure is defined  by the number of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date, if onset is not available). The recovered count will be updated every Saturday. 

Get more stats from the state, including a closer look at counties, 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.

This comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced she is extending her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order due to COVID-19 through April 30. (DETAILS HERE).