More Than 28,200 Michiganders Deemed Recovered From COVID-19

425 new cases, 55 newly reported deaths

WWJ News
May 16, 2020 - 5:37 pm
Coronavirus covid

(WWJ) More than 28,200 Michiganders are now considered survivors of COVID-19.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) says 28,234 Michiganders are deemed recovered from the virus. That’s up from 22,700 last Saturday. 

State health officials say they count a person as “recovered” if he or she is alive 30 days after testing positive for COVID-19. The latest number includes everyone diagnosed on or before April 15.

More encouraging signs are emerging that Michigan is continuing to descend its curve.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Saturday is the 16th day Michigan has reported less than 1,000 cases per day since late March.

The only recent exception was on Thursday, when Michigan reported 1,191 new cases. MDHHS told WWJ the one-day spike was due to a backlog in reporting and increased testing at prisons.

Data from MDHHS shows the descent of the curve is even more noticeable in Southeastern Michigan. The region remains the hardest hit area of Michigan. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties combined are home to 33,200 of the state's more than 50,500 total cases. 

Region 2N is Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair County. 

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Region 2S is Wayne (including Detroit), Washtenaw and Monroe County. 

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


425 more residents have tested positive for the virus since Friday, according to MDHSS.

Detroit Chief Public Health Officer, Denise Fair, said in a statement 92 of those cases are in Detroit, bringing the city's total to 10,351. 

19 of the new cases are in Oakland County.  

37 more Michiganders have lost their live to the virus in the past 24 hours. 

MDHHS wrote on the state's website an additional 19 deaths from days or weeks ago were identified through the process of comparing old death records against COVID-19 positive test results. 

The average age of those who died from the virus is 75.3 years old. The median age is 77 years old. The age range is 5 to 107. The statewide fatality rate of known cases remains at 10%.

Michigan’s total stands at 50,504 confirmed cases and 4,880 deaths.  


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